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What is the Theme of Stories of Genesis?
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One of the most fundamental questions about the Torah turns out to be one of the hardest to answer. What, from the call of God to Abraham in Genesis 12 to the death of Joseph in Genesis 50, is the basic religious principle being taught? What does the entire set of stories about Abraham, Isaac […]
Parshat Vayeishev: Why did they eat?
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“They took him and threw him into the pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it. They then sat down to eat bread, and they lifted their eyes and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, their camels carrying wax, balsam and resin to take down to Egypt.” (Beresheit 37:24-25) Our […]
Parshat Vayeishev: The Dream of the Cupbearer
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And they said to him, “We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter for it.” Joseph said to them, “Don’t interpretations belong to God? Tell [them] to me now.” (Beresheit 40:8) Our parasha describes the deterioration of the relationship between Yosef and his brothers. Eventually, the brothers conspire to sell Yosef into servitude. […]