By Rabbi Guido Cohen
Asociación Israelita Montefiore Bogotá, Colombia
The first Parashah of the year contains different stories, each one interesting in its own way and worthy of some thoughts. Among those many stories, there is one that has fascinated me since I was very young due to its relevance and its moving messages. I am referring to the story of Cain and Abel, the first murder in history, which from a ‘mythical’ point of view was also the largest genocide, for in it 25% of humanity was killed.
One of the most complex verses in this episode is the one in which the Torah appears to insinuate a dialogue between Cain and Abel. A dialogue that never took place. According to the Hebrew version of the text (the Septuagint, the Vulgate, the King James and the Reina-Valera bibles all have amended versions compared to the original), Cain ‘told’ his brother Abel something, although the text does not tell us what.