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Forget Me Not (Mattot)

Preview: The name “Machir ben Menasheh” translates loosely to something along the lines of “man-of-identity, son of man-of-forgetting.” Those in his grandfather’s generation became estranged from one another because they were lo makir, and, indeed, were mitnaker. So Machir, and his descendants after him, are the ones tasked with being makir – with re-establishing the family identity that was nearly abandoned under the strain of infighting and exile. That background helps explain the various stories told about this family, and suggests that Machir’s story may be a lot more significant than we tend to realize…

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