Category Archives: Vayeshev

A Foreigner in Canaan

Genesis 37:1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. David Stern translates this verse, “Ya’akov continued living in the land where his father had lived as a foreigner, the land … Continue reading

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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 Elijahs, 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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