Monthly Archives: December 2016

Miketz (Gen. 41:1-44:17), 7th day of Chanukah (Num. 7:48-53)

Part 2 of the Joseph story.  I remember, back when we had Bible reading in public schools, hearing my teacher read this story to the class over a period of several days, like an old-fashioned movie serial.  In the Torah, … Continue reading

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

It’s time for the Joseph story.  Get out the popcorn.  Except for an interlude involving Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar, this week’s reading is a single, tightly focused story that will take us to the end of Genesis over the … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

This week, Jacob finally makes it home.  Here’s a summary from 2013, followed by 2016 comments: “In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob, finally on his way home, repeatedly confronts his past. He sends a suitably obsequious message to Esau, relating … Continue reading

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

This week: a rags-to-riches story involving lots of breeding – both livestock and human – and the interpersonal manipulations and deception omnipresent in the book of Genesis. Jacob flees to Haran, ostensibly to find a wife, but without all the … Continue reading

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Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

Lies.  Deception.  Cons.  Cunning.  Cheating.  Taking advantage of the weak.  No, this isn’t about current U.S. politics.  Those are the threads that run through the book of Genesis, particularly from this week’s portion onward.  Here’s a summary of Toldot (generations) … Continue reading

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