5780 — Vayehi: Family Dynamics at the End of Jacob’s Life: Not What We Expected

Posted by Howard Markose on January 8, 2020
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Bereishit (Genesis), Torah, Vayehi

At the end of the book of Bereishit, Jacob’s life comes to an end. As Jacob moves to bless two of his grandchildren, Jacob and Joseph engage in what might be considered to be less than a smooth exchange. Then, when Jacob dies, Joseph’s brothers consider their next move. Once again, the narrative presents some uncomfortable communication between the brothers.

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About Howard Markose

Howard teaches Bible and Biblical Hebrew at Pardes. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Howard received his rabbinical ordination in 1984 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Howard lived in Toronto for ten years from 1984-1994 at which time he served as assistant rabbi at Adath Israel Congregation and rabbi at Shaar Shalom Synagogue. He and his family made Aliyah in 1994 and after seven years as rabbi of Kehilat Moreshet Avraham in Jerusalem, he became the Director of Education for the Young Judaea Year Course. He received his PhD  in Bible at Bar Ilan University in January 2016. Howard conducts specialized Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies for families from North America who are visiting Israel. He lives in Jerusalem and is married and has four children.

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