Category Archives: Genesis

Room To Flourish – Jessica’s D’var Torah

My friend’s daughter Jessica recently celebrated her Bat Mitzvah, in which she became ‘of age’ in Judaism to keep commandments and embrace personal accountability for the obligations and observances of her faith.  I am inspired to share her reflections today…

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Tower of Babel Meets the Cross

Surrounded by multiple languages, I see dividing walls which are difficult to scale. I long for the day when more hearts are unified than divided, and common bonds and shalom are greater than self and personal recognition. It’s where the … Continue reading

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Joseph’s Final Words

Joseph’s final words to his brothers in Genesis do a couple of things for me – they predict that God will bring Israel out of Egypt, generations before it happens; and they remind me that my citizenship is not in … Continue reading

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Joseph Family Dynamics

Experiencing family conflict?  Comes with the territory, doesn’t it?  In fact, our emotions and personalities lead us to treat our family members in ways we aren’t proud of.  Joseph gives us a great example of reflecting the Lord in our … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Prophecy for Judah

When Jacob was approaching his passing, he gathered his sons around him to provide them with prophecy for each one.  And when he came to Judah, we see a glimpse of the coming Messiah.  Starting with King David, we see … Continue reading

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Ephraim & Manasseh

Before Jacob passed away, he called Joseph and met his two sons, born in Egypt.  Jacob declared that they would each receive a portion as Jacob’s own sons, and in his blessing we see the twelve tribes completed, with Joseph … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Promises

When Jacob heard that Joseph was alive, and that he was in a prominent position in Egypt, he packed everything up to move to Egypt.  When he reached Beersheba, he stopped to make an offering to the Lord on the … Continue reading

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