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  • Vayechi (5770) – Jewish Time

    Different cultures tell different stories. The great novelists of the nineteenth century wrote fiction that is essentially ethical. Jane Austen and George Eliot explored the connection between character and happiness. There is a palpable continuity between their work and the… read more

  • Vayechi (5772) – The Last Tears

    At almost every stage of fraught encounter between Joseph and his family in Egypt, Joseph weeps. There are seven scenes of tears: 1. When the brothers came before him in Egypt for the first time: They said to one another,… read more

  • Vayechi (5768) – The Future of the Past

    It is the scene that brings the Book of Bereishith to a close. Years before, Joseph had forgiven his brothers for selling him into slavery (“Now, do not worry or feel guilty because you sold me. Look: G-d has sent… read more

  • When is it permitted to tell a lie? (Vayechi 5775)

    After the death of Jacob, Joseph’s brothers were afraid. Years earlier, when he had revealed his true identity to them, he appeared to have forgiven them for selling him as a slave. That was the theme of last week’s essay.… read more

  • Vayechi (5767) – Generations Forget and Remember

    The drama of younger and older brothers, which haunts the book of Bereishith from Cain and Abel onwards, reaches a strange climax in the story of Joseph’s children. Jacob/Israel is nearing the end of his life. Joseph visits him, bringing… read more

  • Vayechi (5769) – The White Lie

    Is it permitted to tell a white lie? If a murderer is at large, brandishing a gun, and his intended victim takes refuge in your house, are you obligated to tell the truth when the would-be killer knocks on your… read more

  • Vayechi (5774) – Surviving Failure

    Bereishit ends on a sublime note of reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers. His brothers were afraid that he had not really forgiven them for selling him into slavery. They suspected that he was merely delaying his revenge until their… read more

  • Vayechi (5773) – Generations Forget and Remember

    The drama of younger and older brothers, which haunts the book of Bereishit from Cain and Abel onwards, reaches a strange climax in the story of Joseph’s children. Jacob/Israel is nearing the end of his life. Joseph visits him, bringing… read more