Tag Archives: Jacob

Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

No “happily ever after.”  Jacob doesn’t forgive his sons.  They forgive neither themselves nor Joseph. Joseph does not say he has forgiven his brothers.  Joseph continues his life as Zaphenat-Paneah, in but not of the royal court, and as Joseph, … Continue reading

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Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27)

Why are we spending so much time on Joseph?  He’s not a patriarch.  He doesn’t emerge as the family’s leader; that’s Judah.  His sons do not become major players, nor do his descendants long term; they’re part of the 10 … Continue reading

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Miketz (Gen. 41:1-44:17), 6th day of Chanukah (Num. 7:42-47), Rosh Chodesh Tevet (Num. 28:9-15)

Three, count ‘em, THREE Torah readings this Shabbat!  Also Psalms 113-118, 104 and some changes/additions to the prayers. Why? Because the 6th day of Chanukah this year is both Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh Tevet (the first of two days marking … Continue reading

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Vayeishev (Gen. 37:1-40:23), Chanukah

Joseph: extremely gifted and extremely alone.   A brilliant outsider. Vayeishev is the first of four Torah portions that relate the Joseph story and bring us to the end of the book of Genesis.  My opinions of Joseph have varied a … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

This week, Jacob learns what happens when you try to go home again. I grew up in West Philadelphia.  Although we moved out in 1970, that is still in my memory as “home.”  My husband worked at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital … Continue reading

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

This week: Karma, rags to riches, encounters with angels and God, another match made at a well, identity theft, kids and more kids, and Biblical genetic engineering.  Romance and machinations. From the Merriam-Webster dictionary: Definition of karma 1 often capitalized : the force … Continue reading

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Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9)

I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving. If not, maybe you’ll be extra ready to relate to the tales of dysfunctional family life in this week’s Torah portion. Comments below are from 2009. This week’s reading is focused on family … Continue reading

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