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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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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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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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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

Earlier this week, I saw the movie version Stephen Sondheim’s musical collection of fractured fairy tales, “Into the Woods.”  I hadn’t seen the stage version, but I’d read enough about it to know that, once everything seems as if we’re … Continue reading

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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

 This week, we finish the book of Genesis.  Again, while the surface looks fairly rosy, what lies beneath is much darker.  At the start of the portion, 17 years have passed, so Jacob is now 147, and the famine has … Continue reading

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