Mayim Bialik has a sense of humor.
The actress shared a picture of her cat on Instagram today with the caption: “My sleepy baby, Esau. (that’s an ironic Biblical name. Google it.)”
Once you recover from the sight of what is really a scary-looking hairless creature, the joke is pretty clever. Esau, in the Torah, is Isaac’s oldest son and Jacob’s twin brother. His name, in Hebrew, means “hairy” or “rough.”
This is how his birth is described in Genesis 25:25: “Now the first came forth, red all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau.”
Good one, Mayim.
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
Mayim Bialik's Scary Ironic Biblical Cat