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Vaera

It always happens at this time of the year. As soon as we get into Vaera , my mind is back in the USSR. It’s the phrase “Sh’lach et ami…” — “Let my people go…” that stimulates those memories. That phrase from Vaera, which is the...

Posted on 11 January 2018, By Angela Gluck
Vayechi

There is a poetry and symmetry in the death bed blessing of Israel/Jacob and his sons that plays on and mirrors Isaac’s blessing of Jacob and Esau. When Jacob was blessed by his father it was under false pretences; he literally...

Posted on 21 December 2017, By Georgia Kaufmann
Vayigash

Commentators note the precision of Joseph’s second test of his brothers in Gen. 44:1–17. In his commentary on Genesis, the scholar Robert Alter calls this secreting of the silver cup in Benjamin’s sack and ensuing interrogation...

Posted on 21 December 2017, By Claudia Setzer

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