Father, your decree is more severe than Pharaoh’s. Pharaoh decreed only against the males; you have decreed against the males and females. Pharaoh decreed only concerning this world; you have decreed concerning this world and the world to come . . .
– Miriam to Amram, when the Jewish leader separated from his wife in response to Pharaoh’s decree to drown all Jewish newborn males in the Nile (Talmud, Sotah 12a)