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Vayeishev (Gen. 37:1-40:23), Chanukah

It can be really difficult to be exceptional, even “exceptional” in a positive sense.  Case in point: Joseph, whose story we read over the next four weeks. Jacob has settled down with his family in Canaan.  Joseph, now 17, is … Continue reading

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Vayeishev (Genesis 37:1 – 40:23)

Why Joseph? Though this week’s portion starts out, “And Jacob settled in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan” Joseph immediately takes center stage.  Except for the story of Judah and Tamar (the purpose of which … 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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Vayeishev (Gen. 37:1-40:23)

After all that has happened to him, Jacob expects the rest of his life to be smooth sailing, now that he and his family are settled in Canaan.  His favorite son, Joseph, now 17, is very bright, handsome (probably looks … Continue reading

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

This week’s reading, Vayeishev, is the first of four that encompass the story of Joseph, his brothers, and their father, winding up the book of Genesis and setting the stage for what follows.  The adventures of Joseph read like a … Continue reading

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

Yes, I remember where I was when Kennedy was assassinated, 50 years ago today.  I was in my sixth grade classroom, and we were cutting out bell shapes from construction paper, I think for Christmas decorations (why so early, I … Continue reading

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