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Jacob Warns Against Religious Fanaticism

In Parashat Va-y'chi, the patriarch Jacob is dying, and he summons his twelve sons to give each one a final blessing and to urge that they follow God's will.

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Do Not Bury Me In Egypt
Davar Acher By: 
Howard M. Stahl

In Parashat Va-y'chi, we learn of the dying wishes of Jacob and Joseph, who urge their respective families not to bury them in Egypt.

If Not Now, When?

This week's Torah portion, Va-y'chi, begins with the announcement of Jacob's imminent death.

D'var Torah By: 
So That Your Values Live On
Davar Acher By: 
Deborah Berkowits Litwak

Throughout Genesis we read about the generations of Israel: those who received God's promise to make them as numerous as the sands of the sea and those who led their generation in righteousne

The Power of Deathbed Promises

Parashat Va-y'chi concludes the Book of Genesis. It is a mixture of narrative and poetry, of blessings and curses, of promises and anxiety about the future.

D'var Torah By: 
Gazing into the Pain of the Past
Davar Acher By: 
Joseph R. Black

In his commentary about Parashat Va-y'chi , Rabbi Louis Barth artfully weaves two midrashic texts that help us to understand how the narrative at the end of Jacob's life and Moses


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