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Double Blind (Toldot)

Preview: The “sibling swap” Rivkah orchestrates against Yitzchak is simply a version of the very same ruse he had orchestrated a chapter earlier, against Avimelech. In fact, all of the major stories from sefer Bereshit through the beginning of sefer Shemot may have their roots in the ruse that the patriarchs pulled on Avimelech/Pharaoh – and the literary links are there to demonstrate it.

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The Split-Screen Scene (Vaetchanan)

Preview: “And I prayed to God at that time”: when, exactly, did this prayer occur? If you trace the chronology carefully, you’ll come to a startling conclusion: Moshe’s prayer coincided with Bilaam’s! There are indeed some remarkable parallels between their prayers – and a profound message underlying their connection.

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You Can’t See Me (Ki Tissa)

Preview: On the meaning of the curious phrase, “man shall not see Me and live” – including parallels between Moshe, Eliyahu, and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

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What’s in a Name? (Vayishlach)

Preview: Why does Yaakov ask for the angel’s “name?” The stories of Gideon and Manoach may offer some clues.

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In Man’s Image (Ki Tissa)

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