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Vayeshev 5769 – A Coat of Twelve Tribes

Genesis 37:3 …and he made him a coat of many colours. Although Moses did not tell us so, I am certain that this garment was not simply a coat, but a mantle like Elijah’s, a badge of office and an … Continue reading

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Veils, Tallits, and Covering

When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai, his face glowed and he wore a veil over his face to hide the glory of it from the Israelites. I was taught that this was a purely pragmatic act, that he had … Continue reading

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Vayeshev 5768 – Concubines, Not Mistresses

Genesis 37:2 Jacob’s concubines, Bilhah and Zilpah, were also fully his wives. Of course, the Hebrew word used here can also simply mean “woman.” Moses may have been just calling Bilhah and Zilpah Jacob’s women, but it is the same … Continue reading

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