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Torah Portion: Vayechi

Parsha Shemot

Shabbat Parashat Vayechi
January 13, 2000 - 18 Tevet 5761
For the Love of a Patriarch

Put yourself in Jacob's place. Laying on his death bed, he is filled with apprehensions about the special way of understanding God and the world that his grandfather, Abraham, established. It wasn't so long ago, he must have mused, that everyone worshipped a multiplicity of deities, that people sacrificed children to their gods, that they gashed themselves with knives as part of a religious fervor, that cultic prostitution was an integral part of worship.

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Torah Portion: Excellence - "Gates of Repentance" 1:11
Rabbi Yaakov Feldman's

Logic would seem to dictate that if we're to mend our ways and do teshuva (return to G-d), that we'd need to simply take it upon ourselves to stop doing the wrongful thing we'd done.

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Torah Portion: Vayehi
Genesis 47:28 Rabbi Stephen M Wylen

Jacob lived in the Land of Egypt for seventeen years; the days of Jacob, the years of his life, came to seven years and forty and a hundred years.

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Torah Portion - * PG LifeLine - Vayechi
Genesis 47:28 - 50:26
by Rabbi Yaakov Menken

"Yissachar is a strong donkey, who rests between the borders. And he saw rest, that it was good, and the land that it was pleasant, but he bent his shoulder to accept [the burden] and became an indentured servant." [49:14]

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