Monthly Archives: November 2010

Vayeishev (Gen. 37:1-40:23)

Jacob and his family have now settled in Canaan. You all know the story. Jacob favors Joseph because he’s Rachel’s son (also he probably looks like her), angering the older sons. Their anger is heightened when Joseph has two dreams … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

In this week’s portion, Jacob goes home.  Eventually. We are now tying up the strands of Jacob’s story.  While he doesn’t disappear from the stage, he will soon move out of the spotlight.  First, he must deal with his brother … Continue reading

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Vayetze (Gen. 28:10-32:3)

At the start of this week’s portion, Jacob is a penniless young man fleeing for his life. Now is when he has his first personal encounter with the Lord, by means of a dream about angels going up and down … Continue reading

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Toledot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)

We never learn much about Isaac as himself.  He is primarily acted upon, rather than acting in his own behalf.  A few exceptions occur in this week’s portion, but even they echo Abraham’s experiences.  Isaac prays to the Lord on … Continue reading

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