Archive for the ‘Genesis / Bereshit’ Category

Chazak
December 30, 2009

Chazak

We end Genesis
The secular year begins
Let us gather strength

Va-y’chi
December 30, 2009

Now Jacob blesses
Ephraim and Manasseh
But his hands are crossed

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Again, the second
Instead of the first born son
Is the favored one

Vayigash
December 24, 2009

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Judah pleads his case
Tells Joseph of Jacob’s pain
Brothers reunite

Mikeitz
December 18, 2009

Brothers in Egypt
They don’t recognize Joseph
But he knows it’s them

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Joe frames Benjamin
Puts the goblet in his sack
To test his brothers

Vayeishev
December 9, 2009

Mrs. Potiphar
Was the “cougar” of her day
Seducing Joseph


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The young man said, “no”
Resisted her advances
But still went to jail


Vayishlach
December 2, 2009

Jacob fears Esau
Who comes with four hundred men
Ready for battle?

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That’s not Esau’s plan
The reunion is peaceful
As brothers embrace

Vayeitzei
November 25, 2009

Seven years of work
Jacob thinks he’ll wed Rachel
That was Laban’s vow

But Laban tricked him
Gave Jacob the older girl
Leah, not Rachel

Then, seven more years
Before Jake would have Rachel
It didn’t seem fair

Jealousy ensues
About Jacob, his twelve sons
And even mandrakes


Toldot
November 17, 2009

Isaac falls victim
To Jacob and Rebecca’s
Blessing stealing trick

But was Isaac fooled?
He said “the voice is Jacob’s”
Did he really know?

Chayei Sarah
November 12, 2009

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Abe sends his servant
To find a wife for Isaac
Rebecca’s the one

The picture above is from an animated version of this week’s parsha at G-dcast

Vayeira
November 5, 2009

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Even Bob Dylan
Wrote an Akedah midrash
But not in haiku

Oh God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son”
Abe says, “Man, you must be puttin’ me on”
God say, “No.” Abe say, “What?”
God say, “You can do what you want Abe, but
The next time you see me comin’ you better run”
Well Abe says, “Where do you want this killin’ done?”
God says, “Out on Highway 61.”

[from Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan]

Did Abe question G-d
As Dylan suggests he did?
What would you have done?

UPDATE:
Check out this short analysis of Dylan’s midrash:
Classic Rock Meets Midrash