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Va-y’chi – Torah In Haiku

  JACOB HOLDS GRUDGES … REUBEN, SIMEON, LEVI … ALL INCUR DAD’S WRATH — HE STILL PICKS FAVORITES … THE BROTHERS WILL PRAISE JUDAH … GOD WILL BLESS JOSEPH —   Chapter 49 of Genesis contains the final words of Jacob on his deathbed, with each son (except Simeon and Levi) addressed individually. Of particular […]

Va-y’chi – Torah In Haiku

  ​ ​ Each week on Shabbat Parents repeat Jacob’s words While blessing their sons Genesis 48:20 So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you shall Israel invoke blessings, saying: God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.” There is, of course, also a traditional blessing for daughters, which includes the names of our matriarchs […]

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

A look at the book of Genesis

Genesis 47:28 to 50:26 As finish the book of Genesis, I look back at the major people we have observed and see what we can learn from their lives. This week’s parsha begins with these words: “Jacob lived in the land of Egypt for 17 years; Jacob’s days – the years of his life – […]

Va-y’chi – Torah in Haiku

Va-y’chi – Torah in Haiku

  Jacob and Joseph… Father, son, die in Egypt… “The beginning” ends….————-   This Shabbat we finish reading Genesis (in Hebrew, Bereshit – “In the beginning”) and the story of the origins of the Jewish people comes to an end. Things will quickly get worse for our ancestors in Egypt, but in Exodus (Shemot) we’ll […]

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

Va-y’chi – Genesis 47:28 to 50:26:  With this text we finish Genesis. Looking back, it seems that the development of the characters can be compared to an individual growing from infancy to adulthood…. From Adam and Eve taking direction and punishment from God to Jacob -actually fighting with God… and Joseph, like a young adult, on […]

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

Va-y’chi – Genesis 47:28 to 50:26 “Jacob lived in the land of Egypt for 17 years: Jacob’s days – the years of his life – were 147.” (Gen. 47:28) In this week’s parsha we conclude Genesis with the deaths of both Jacob and Joseph. Looking back at the entirety of Genesis, there are several observations […]

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