Tag Archives: Egypt

Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

Vayekhi is the final portion in the book of Genesis.  Jacob dies. His family is getting more settled in Egypt.  Joseph dies.  In these 85 verses, there’s a lot of subtext and foreshadowing and very little sense of a neatly … 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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7th & 8th days of Pesach

Yes, it is still Passover (Pesach).  It’s an 8-day holiday (7 for Reform).  We are still crunching matzah.  And there’s stuff left to do, besides starting to pack up the Pesach stuff.  For example, on the 2nd night, we began … Continue reading

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Beshallach (Ex. 13:17–17:16), Shabbat Shirah, Tu Bishvat

With everyone busily preparing for the blizzard due to hit us tonight and tomorrow (Gas for the snow blower? Check. Milk? Check. Bread? Check.  Working flashlight?  Hand-cranked radio?  Somewhere around here. Potent potables? Check.), it’s hard to accept that Tu … Continue reading

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Bo (Exodus 10:1 – 13:16)

I have been spending this week getting ready for AKSE Academy, an annual program sponsored by my synagogue (open to all, $12, don’t have to pre-register).  This year, I am both chairing it and giving a talk on Jewish thought … Continue reading

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Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

This week, we more or less start over.   Va’era  makes last week’s story of the first encounters of Moses and Aaron with the Hebrews and Pharaoh seem like a TV pilot.  The basic elements were there, but, as drama, it … Continue reading

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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it, even if you’re stuck with warm, foggy weather.  We went out for Chinese last night, and I expect to see a movie today.   I have many happy memories of Christmas seasons.  … Continue reading

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