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Not surprisingly, the Hebrew verb lehodot also means to admit.Yehuda's fitness for monarchy was not because he was perfect. Instead, Yehuda possessed a critical trait necessary to lead effectively – the ability to admit his mistakes. He made mistakes, but unlike his predecessor who was a great king but who justified his errors, King David responded to the prophet Nosson's admonition simply with acknowledgement of his mistake. The sign of a true leader is his ability to admit he was wrong.
Adam prophetically saw his descendent King David had not been allocated years of life, and gave 70 of his own.Her father in law promised her that when his younger son Sheila came of age, he too would marry Tamar.Yet as the years passed and Sheila matured, Tamar began to suspect that no wedding was planned.She tenaciously clung to her conviction to bear children to Yehuda's tribe, and had a prophetic inclination that someone great would descend from her.Resorting to other means to attain her goals, she disguised herself, and met Yehuda at a crossroads while dressed as a woman of ill repute.Some time later, it became evident that Tamar, who was a member of his household, was pregnant.
Yehuda was outraged at her obvious promiscuity and publicly challenged her.
Indeed, the entire Davidic line of Jewish kings descends directly from Yehuda and according to our tradition, the Messiah, the final leader of the Jewish people, will also come from that line.
Why was it specifically Yehuda who would lead the Jewish people and represent royalty?
Yehuda was one the 12 tribes that descended from our forefather Yaakov.
Understanding who Yehuda was and what he represented provides us with the key to comprehending the name Jew and understanding who we really are.
Instead, he chose to publicly admit that she was correct, and that he was the father, and that she was correct in so tempting him since he had refused to marry her to Sheila.