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Vayechi

At the core of Parashat Vayechi are Jacob’s dying blessings for his sons.  Actually the word ‘blessings’ here is a misnomer, or at the very least a deep irony, as most of Jacob’s words contain some extremely blunt feedback. Jacob...

Posted on 18 December 2018, By Matt Plen
Vayakhel-Pekudei

The current wave of populism and post-truth politics signifies a fundamental crisis of leadership. Vayakhel-Pekudei describes in painstaking detail the completion of the Mishkan, the travelling sanctuary in which the Israelites worshipped...

Posted on 22 March 2017, By Matt Plen
Vayetzei

What are we to make of Jacob’s dream? Midrash Tanhuma interprets it as follows: ‘”And behold the angels of God ascending and descending” – these are the princes of the heathen nations which God showed Jacob our father. The Princ...

Posted on 17 November 2015, By Matt Plen