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"For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come." (Matthew 11:13)

Vayechi

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Genesis 47:28 – 50:26; Haftarah: I Kings 2:1 – 2:12 Synopsis – In this last parasha of Genesis we study the death of Joseph and see how this was foretold from the beginning of his story in chapter 37. We focus our study on the various teachings found in Genesis regarding life – and more…

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Vayigash

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Genesis 44:18 – 47:27; Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15 – 37:28 Synopsis – In this penultimate parasha of Genesis we study Joseph’s dealings with his brothers and how throughout their common life the brothers hated him for no reason – a sentiment that will be with them to the final chapter of Genesis, and the final chapter…

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Miketz

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Genesis 41:1 – 44:17; Haftarah: I Kings 3:15 – 4:1 Synopsis – This week our study focuses on the dreams/prophecies of Joseph and their fulfillment in the life of the children of Israel.  We see how all of the dreams – those of Joseph as well as those of Pharaoh are connected to bring about…

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Vayeshev

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Genesis 37:1 – 40:23; Haftarah: Amos 2:6 – 3:8    Synopsis – This week we make another step in the revelation of the “Seed of the woman” (Gn 3:15) and – in this feast day of the Immaculate Conception – we study Jacob and Rachel coming together in expectation and in suffering over their son…

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Vayeshev – and he dwelt – readings and preparations for the parasha #parsha #vayeshev

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Genesis 37:1 – 40:23; Haftarah: Amos 2:6 – 3:8 Having completed his mission to Esau, as we saw last week, Jacob “dwells” in the land. We meditate on the reasons he would believe that he has fulfilled the prophecy of Gn 15 and the cracks in that vision that begin to creep up. We then…

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Vayishlach – Jacob, Esau and Christ – synopsis and sources

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Gn 32:4 – 36:43 Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1 – 1:21 Synopsis – After Jacob’s sojourn of 20 years with Laban, he is finally on his way to the Land of Canaan, certain – as we study in the parasha – that he has fulfilled the prophecy of Gn 15:13-16 (see below). He meets “God’s camp” (Gn…

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VAYISHLACH – “AND HE SENT” – READINGS AND PREPARATIONS FOR THE PARASHA

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Genesis 32:4 – 36:43; Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1 – 1:21 This week we go deeper into the mystery of Jacob and his Angels. Our parasha finds Jacob immediately after he sees God’s Angels split into two camps whereupon we find him sending Angels to his brother Esau (in your English versions it might say “messengers”, but…

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VaYetse

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Genesis 6:9 – 11:32 ; Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-55:5     Synopsis – In last week’s parasha we saw Jacob “putting on” Christ and holding on to his brother’s heel in a Christological prefiguration of his eternal role as the Seed who takes away the sins of the world. This week we meet Jacob as he is…

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VAYETSE – “AND HE CAME OUT” – READINGS AND PREPARATIONS FOR THE PARASHA

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Genesis 28:10 – 32:3; Haftarah: Hosea 11:7 – 14:10 This parasha stands between last week’s parasha which introduced us to the temporal as well as the eternal relationship between Jacob and Esau and next week’s parasha where a reconciliation between the brothers will be found (it too with significant Christological implications). In this week’s parasha…

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Toldot

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Genesis 25:19 – 28:9 ; Haftarah: Malachi 1:1 – 2:7     Synopsis – In this parasha we learn about blessings: the blessing of Isaac, the blessing of Esau and of Jacob and the meaning of their struggle, the reason Jacob held on to Esau’s heel, as well as the reasons he put on Esau’s garments…

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