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Hunger Games (Mikketz)

Preview: If you pay careful attention, you’ll notice that there’s a subtle play on words between the words רעב/רעבון  (hunger) and the words  ערב/ערבון (collateral/guarantee) that takes place in this week’s parshah.

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The Seven Year Plan (Re’eh)

Preview: Why does the Torah, in this week’s parshah, legislate the seven-year agricultural cycle known as “shemittah?” Might it have anything to do with an earlier such cycle: the seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of famine, over which Yosef presided as viceroy of Egypt?

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Digging Deeper (Toldot)

Preview: Almost word-for-word, the blessing Yitzchak receives before moving to Gerar is the blessing his father received following akedat Yitzchak. Some thoughts on how that blessing materialized during Yitzchak’s stay with Avimelech – and how the literary legacy of the akedah illustrates that true sacrifice never really ends.

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