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Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky wrote in his commentary on this verse (Emet L'Yaakov on Nach) (my translation): "I do not know who are Shim'i and Re'i who were probably important people in the household of the king...and it's possible that Shim'i was really Shim'i ben Gerah...and Re'i may be Chushai the Archite... But my heart tells me that since the text ...


Yes, it is, we can't get away from it. However, if you look at a broader context, you will realize that in the Biblical narrative, prohibited sexual relations are frequently considered a measure to "save the world" especially for the Davidic (Messianic) line, for example: Ruth, David's grandma, came from Moav, which is the result of Lot sleeping ...

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