Category Archives: Genesis

Scripture Portion of Week 12: Vayechi

Genesis 47:28-50:26 Just as his grandfather Abraham and father Isaac lived to the old ages of 175 years (Genesis 25:7) and 180 years (35:28), respectively, Israel lived to an old age of 147 years (47:28). As the day of his death … Continue reading

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Scripture Portion of Week 8: Vayishlac

Genesis 32:4-36:43 The last scripture portion ended with Jacob en route to move his family, livestock, and belongings from his father in-law Laban’s house situated near the Euphrates in modern-day Syria back to the land of Canaan where his grandfather … Continue reading

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Scripture Portion of Week 7: Vayetze

Genesis 28:10-32:3 In the last portion, it is recorded that just as Abraham refused to allow his son Isaac to marry one of the local Canaanites, Issac refused to allow his son Jacob to do the same. Isaac’s wife Rebekah … Continue reading

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Scripture Portion of Week 6: Toldot

Genesis 25:19-28:9 This portion begins with describing the family of Abraham’s son Isaac. Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah (25:20), and his wife had an issue conceiving children, implying that she too was perhaps of a similar … Continue reading

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Scripture Portion of Week 5: Chayei Sarah

Genesis 23:1-25:18 Abraham’s wife Sarah lived 37 years after giving birth to Isaac, and died at the age of 127 (17:17; 21: 5; 23:1). Abraham performs the traditional mourning (23:2-3), and after many days, purchases a tomb for her body … Continue reading

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Scripture Portion of Week 4: Vayera

Genesis 18:1-22:24 Abraham showed hospitality to three strangers by inviting them to sit with him and eat a meal. He referred to one as adon (Hebrew אֲדֹנָי) which can be translated lord or master; throughout Scripture, this form of the … Continue reading

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Scripture Portion of Week 3: Lech Lecha

Genesis 12:1-17:27 Abraham had enough faith to leave his homeland and go into exile as a foreigner in a foreign land, even though he didn’t know where he was going (12:2). He had faith that Yehovah would give him descendants, … Continue reading

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