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Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

Isaac, Rebecca, Esau, and Jacob: the prototypical dysfunctional family.  Sibling rivalry, blatant parental favoritism, a breakdown of communication between husband and wife, taking advantage of the infirmity of an old man.  And lots of scheming. This portion should be Isaac’s, … Continue reading

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Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27)

We have reached the climax of the Joseph story.  Judah eloquently pleads to Joseph on Benjamin’s behalf, emphasizing the pain his remaining in Egypt would cause his father and offering himself as a substitute slave.  At this, Joseph reveals his … Continue reading

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Toldot (Genesis 25:9 – 28:9)

After the promisingly idyllic ending last week, we return to the narrative and its threads of crime, sin, deception, revenge, punishment, and other bad actions.  But before we throw up our hands in despair at all the shenanigans, consider this: … Continue reading

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Vayigash (Genesis 44:18−47:27)

Comments sent out 7 years ago, with current comments on the comments in italics: This week’s portion is a good anti-example of the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”  That is, each year the story … Continue reading

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Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27)

Bit of a time crunch.  Yes, that happens even in retirement.  Too many errands and tasks to get done before we leave on a brief vacation.  So, not for the first time, you are being subjected to a rerun commentary, … Continue reading

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