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VAYIGASH | WEEK 11

VAYIGASH | WEEK 11

Gen 44:18 – 47:27

Sometimes we cannot clearly see what is right before our eyes. My wife, Jennifer, often reminds me of this fact, remarking on my remarkable inability to find something for which I am looking, even when it’s directly in front of me.

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VAYESHEV  | WEEK 9

VAYESHEV | WEEK 9

Gen 37:1 – 40:23

This week’s reading takes us through one of the most amazing stories of God’s providence and protection, the story of Joseph. The story of Joseph in his youth brings out two matters that tempted his brothers to both jealousy and anger. The first is his father’s favoritism. (Israel loved him more than all his brothers because he was the son of his old age. Gen. 37:3) Joseph was the first son of his favorite wife Rachael. Jacob made a special coat of many colors in some translations or long sleeves in others. The second is that Joseph “dreamed a dream” and then foolishly told his brothers. The essence of the dream was that the brothers were binding sheaves, and their sheaves gathered and bowed down to his sheaf. The brothers were incensed. They understood the interpretation of the dream, that they would bow down to him. Eventually they plotted to kill Joseph. Perhaps there is a lesson here about wisdom in dealing with prophecy!

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VAYISHLACH  | WEEK 8

VAYISHLACH | WEEK 8

Gen 32:4 – 36:43

Vayishlach, (Hebrew for “and he sent,”) is the eighth weekly Torah portion in the annual cycle of Torah readings. It includes the verses in the book of Genesis 32:4 through Genesis 36:43 and tells the story of Jacob’s reunion with his brother Esau, the famous wrestling with God, his return to Bethel, and the deaths of Rachel and Isaac.

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VAYETZE  | WEEK 7

VAYETZE | WEEK 7

Gen 28:10 – 32:3

Vayetze, (Hebrew for “and he left,”) is the seventh weekly Torah portion in the annual cycle of Torah readings. It includes the verses in the book of Genesis 28:10 through Genesis 32:3 and tells the story of Jacob’s travels to, life in, and his return from Haran.

Our story begins in Beersheva,in the northern Negev of modern day Israel. Beersheva means, ‘Well of seven’ or ‘Well of the Oath.’ Abraham dug a well here, but the men of Abimelech took it one day by force. After Abraham complained to Abimelech, they made a covenant of friendship; and Abraham set aside seven ewe lambs as an offering to his partner in remembrance of their oath, hence the name.

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TOLDOT  | WEEK 6

TOLDOT | WEEK 6

Gen 25:19 – 28:9

Like her mother-in-law Sarah, Rebekah was also barren. Isaac prayed and she conceived, but not like they might have imagined. She became pregnant with twins, but not just ordinary twins. These brothers struggled together in the womb and the Lord said, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples shall be separated from your body. And one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.” Probably not what they wanted to hear. For in Jewish tradition, the younger serves the older. What could this mean?

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