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Jacob the Wrestler

In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob is assaulted by an unknown assailant in the darkness of night. Jacob wrestles him down and refuses to let go of his mysterious assailant, even demanding a blessing of him. The assailant asks him, “What is your name?” As Jacob holds […]

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The Ideal Family

So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and indeed he loved Rachel more than Leah, and he served with Laban for another seven years. (Genesis 29:30) There are few ideal families in the Bible. Jacob’s certainly wasn’t. As if it was not bad enough to have two […]

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Abraham’s Wells

Isaac returned to his semi-nomadic mode of life and brought his flocks into the valley of Gerar on the edge of the Negev. As he went, he reopened the wells of his father Abraham. The Philistines had filled in Abraham’s wells as an exercise of their sovereignty, […]

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