Tag Archives: Reuben

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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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

We’re at the beginning of a holiday season of family and partying and buying stuff and music.  For me, as I grew up, it was highlighted by several family birthdays, beginning with my late mother’s (11/26/15), followed by mine a … Continue reading

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Mattot-Masei (Numbers 30:2- 36:13)

My eyesight is currently very asymmetrical and not up to par for extended close work. I expected to be through with all that on Thursday.  But it’s not to be, because my second cataract surgery unexpectedly had to be postponed … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

This week, Jacob goes home. When I was growing up, “home” meant a refuge from the outside world.  During my first year of college, it also meant food and TV.  Later, it meant a temporary respite from at-times-overwhelming grad school … Continue reading

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Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

This week, Jacob finally makes it home.  Here’s a summary from 2013, followed by 2016 comments: “In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob, finally on his way home, repeatedly confronts his past. He sends a suitably obsequious message to Esau, relating … Continue reading

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Mattot-Mase’ei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)

With this double portion, we end the book of Numbers.  This is really the end of the Israelites’ journey as well, since Deuteronomy is Moses’ month-long valedictory.  Here, the Israelites continue to tie up loose ends and promote order over … Continue reading

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Mattot (Numbers 30:2 – 32:42)

We are getting closer to the end of the Israelites’ journey and are in tying-up-loose-ends mode.  This portion contains three chapters of Numbers: Ch.30 (all but one verse), Ch. 31, and Ch.32.  First, we read instructions regarding vows and how … Continue reading

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