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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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Vayechi: End of a cycle

Now Israel’s eyes were dim with age (Gen 48:10) When Isaac was old and his eyes were too dim to see…(Gen 27:1) Two old men with failing eyesight.  A father and son. When Isaac’s eyes were too old to see, … 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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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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Vayechi: And he lived…and died

Vayichi…and he lived (and died) We go now to the part of the Biblical story where Jacob dies.   Naturally, the name of the portion is “Vayechi : and he lived.” Jacob’s death heralds big changes for the future of the … Continue reading

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I love you, my child…honestly.

My two grandmothers couldn’t have been more different.  One was tall and traditional; my sisters and I were absolutely brilliant. We used to tease her, saying that even if we became ax murderers, she’d see us as the very best … Continue reading

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