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Perez and Zerah

When Tamar’s pregnancy advanced to the point where she could no longer conceal it, “she would tap upon her stomach and boast, ‘I am big with kings and redeemers!’” (Midrash Rabbah). At the very least, she was big with twins. While Tamar struggled in labor, the first […]

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The Power of the Tongue

The Proverbs say that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). In Rachel’s case, that appears to have been especially true. Jacob and his family were making their way south through the land of Canaan, toward Hebron where his father Isaac still […]

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Stairway to Heaven

[Jacob] had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. (Genesis 28:12) Yeshua told Nathaniel, “You will see the heavens opened and the angels of God […]

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