Tag Archives: Judah

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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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

Is Joseph in ancient Egypt like a Jew in 21st century America?  He is successful, respected, even publicly honored, and moves freely in Pharaoh’s inner circle.  Yet he is still a Hebrew, and thus “outside”.  His brothers are kept geographically … 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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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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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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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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