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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Vayekhi 2017

Vayekhi: On Being Old and Satisfied

This week’s reading, Vayekhi, is the last portion in the book of Genesis. The tale of Joseph is concluded, and Jacob–the last of the patriarchs–dies in Egypt, surrounded by his offspring: Jacob finished commanding his sons, and he gathered up his feet into the bed, and expired and was gathered to his people. (Genesis 49:33) It’s […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Surrendering the Illusion of Control

Vayekhi: Surrendering the Illusion of Control

We’ve come to the last reading in the book of Bereshit/Genesis. Ya’akov and his remaining family now live in Egypt, safe from famine and under Pharaoh’s protection. After 17 years there, Ya’akov dies and his sons carry him back to Canaan and bury him there.  Without Ya’akov there to restrain him, Yosef’s brothers wonder whether he will now […]

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