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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.

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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

The Transition into History

The concluding parashah of Genesis has two roles: it provides closure through a burial theme, and it creates a bridge to the Exodus story.

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Va-y'chi : The Foundation of Family
Davar Acher By: 
Seth Warner

Parashat Va-y'chi brings some important closure to themes in the Book of Genesis and brings about the end of an important era.

A Story of Hope

Without giving anything away, I can say publicly that Dan Brown's long-awaited sequel to The Da Vinci Code, which is called The Lost Symbol (New York, Knopf Doubleday Publishing

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Davar Acher By: 
Justin Kerber

I couldn't agree more with Rabbi Evan Moffic's conclusion that forgiveness opens the door to the future. In fact, forgiveness is one of the most redemptive gifts a person can ever give.

Living On after Death

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In Every Generation . . .
Davar Acher By: 
Evan Schultz

Rabbi Segal presents an excellent picture of Jewish immortality, examining the ways in which Joseph's bones serve as a reminder to the Israelites to live a life of Torah.

An Emissary of Peace

Most often, readers of the portion Vayishlach focus on the encounter between Jacob and Esau near the river Jabbok. For good reason!

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Hard Lessons
Davar Acher By: 
Vanessa Ehrlich

When you ask any of our students or even their parents what they remember about Jacob, they may tell you about how he deceived Isaac to obtain Esau's birthright.

Facing Our Anxieties and Moving On

Our father Jacob is a man in motion. Even in the womb, he struggled to get out. Of all the patriarchs, we know him best. We've followed the ups and downs in his life.

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Struggling to Find Yourself
Davar Acher By: 
David Friedman

Our Torah portion begins with Jacob's seeking to find ways to make peace with his brother, Esau. After all, Jacob knows that he attained his status through trickery and by deceiving Isaac.


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