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Jacob: (a) (1653-1506 BCE) Third of the Patriarchs, son of Rebecca and Isaac. A studious man, he incurred his twin brother Esau’s wrath when he deceptively received Isaac’s blessings. He fled to Padan Aram where he married Leah and Rachel. He fathered the Twelve Tribes and Dinah. He returned to Canaan but lived his final years in Egypt, where he went to be with his son Joseph, viceroy of Egypt. He’s buried in the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron. (b) A common Jewish name.
Sometimes, I feel that if only G‑d would speak to me, as he did to Jacob, it would be so much easier to deal with the pain and suffering of living with ALS. But then I remind myself that everything in Torah is G‑d talking to me. It’s not easy to see it th...
Return of the Brothers, On The Way to Egypt, Jacob Meets Joseph, Jacob Visits Pharaoh, Jacob’s Last Request, Jacob Blesses Joseph’s Children, Jacob’s Death, Jacob’s Burial, Esau’s Death, Joseph’s Pledge to His Brothers, Joseph’s Death
Judah Vouches For Benjamin, A Friendlier Reception
Exile is a crucible; the challenges and difficulties of thriving in a hostile world provide the optimal setting for personal and national growth. However, if we become comfortable in our exile and feel that we are in a “home away from home,” we become vul...
A Lesson from Vayigash
Judah was essentially saying, "It makes no difference whether I think that my father was unfair. I have reached deep within myself and know that the most important truth is that I love my father and I cannot allow him such pain..."
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