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Vayeshev: True sight

“I can see clearly now, the rain has gone. “ This week’s Torah portion is Vayeshev, and “sight” words are all over the place. These are words that relate to seeing, vision, and the opposite – when people can’t see … Continue reading

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Vay’chi: A time of oaths

“Place your hand under my thigh and swear to me”  (Genesis 47:29) This language reminds us immediately of  another scene in Genesis, when Abraham made his servant Eliezer swear an oath to him in the same manner. That time is … Continue reading

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Vayigash: Neck and neck

Does reconciling always mean total forgiveness? Can we reconcile with someone whom we don’t fully forgive? There are several instances of reconciliation in Bereshit, Genesis. One was when Jacob and Esau reconciled in Chapter 33:4  “And Esau ran toward him … Continue reading

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Vayigash: Forgiving, not forgetting

“I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold to Egypt.  Now, don’t be troubled, don’t be chagrined because you sold me here, for it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you….so it’s not you who sent … Continue reading

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Vayechi: Happy New Year

Like the parasha “”Chaye Sarah” (the life of Sarah), which immediately tells of her death, this week’s parasha is called, “Vayechi” (and he lived), though the text is all about death. At the beginning, it is Jacob’s death that is … Continue reading

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Vayeshev: Calling out the guilty

  Don’t stand idly by the blood of your brother. Lo ta’amod adam re’acha. Lev. (19:16) Yes, I know we’re not in Leviticus, but that’s what this parasha, Vayeshev, reminds me of. That’s exactly what Jacob’s sons did- they stood … Continue reading

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Vayechi: I love you, but you’re not perfect

There were probably a lot of familiar faces around our tables over these last few weeks.  Families gathered for celebration, parents, grandparents, children…all the family, and all the family dynamics and expectations.  We read of a family gathered around in … Continue reading

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