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Vayishlach: Apologize and reconcile

I know I should be writing about Dinah and the was she was attacked in this week’s parashah. In this extremely long parasha, Vayishlach, all of chapter 34 is devoted to her story. Dinah was Jacob’s daughter through Leah, the … Continue reading

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Vayishlach: Dinah’s life mattered

I have no idea what it’s like to be worried about a son every time he goes out the door.  I mean, of course, I worry about my son when he goes out the door.  But I don’t worry that, … Continue reading

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Vayishlach: A name, a moment, a change

Names are a big deal in the Bible.  Getting them, giving them, changing them…they’re all a big deal.  This week’s parasha, Vayeshev has a lot of name changes in it.  Sometimes it’s people, sometimes it’s places, but each time it … Continue reading

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Vayishlach: Wrestling or embracing God?

Jacob is a guy known for struggling.  He struggled before he was born.  In his mother’s womb, he and his twin brother Esau were an active pair – they made their mother’s pregnancy miserable.  When he was born, literally holding … Continue reading

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Vayishlach: Esau and the zero sum game

Here’s the thing. Stories tell a lot about the people telling them, not just the stories being told.  The same is true for midrashim, the tradition of commentaries and elaborations on Biblical text.  And of all the midrashim I have … Continue reading

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Vayishlach – real sight, real love

We can be looking right at a person, and still not see them for what s/he is.  We see them for what they were in the past, or what we want them to be in the future, but it’s so … Continue reading

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