“For two years now there has been famine in the land and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” Genesis 45:6-7 The Lord had given dreams to the Pharaoh to reveal His plans for the future. He had brought Joseph to Egypt years earlier so he would be there in time to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. Joseph used his wisdom to make sure the people of Egypt would survive the famine. Of…

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In this week’s portion, the story continues. Jacob tricked his father and had stolen the blessing from his brother. His brother was furious and ready to kill him as soon as their father passed away. Jacob leaves Beersheba and sets out to Harran. He gets tired and uses a stone for a pillow. Not my first choice, but I guess when you are traveling in the dessert you make due. While he is asleep, he has an amazing vision and God gives him the same promise he gave to his father and grandfather before him. He will inherit the land.…

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Apparently, the men of Gerar had a pretty bad reputation. They would not hesitate to kill a man just because they would like to take his wife. But they did have respect for a man’s sister. Your sister might be taken, but at least you’d not be killed. And so both Abraham and Isaac feared for their lives when they were living in Gerar. A very real fear because both Sarah & Rebecca were exceptionally beautiful. Therefore Isaac asked Rebecca to tell everyone she was his sister instead of his wife, just as Abraham had asked Sarah. Abraham & Sarah…

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This week’s Torah portion begins with the death of Sarah at the age of 127. It tells the story of how Abraham bought the family burial cave in Hebron. There is a faithful servant who seeks the guiding of his master’s God and his prayer does not go unanswered. We learn that Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death by his wife Rebecca. Abraham remarried and has more children and dies at age of 175 years. He is buried by his 2 eldest sons, Ishmael & Isaac. We read about the descendants of Ishmael and learn that he died at…

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