When will we hear of Jacob’s daughters?

By MARCIA FALK
January 1, 2015 16:27
4 minute read.
Painting by Pepe Fainberg

Painting by Pepe Fainberg. (photo credit: PEPE FAINBERG)

 
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FORTY YEARS ago, I visited my grandfather in his nursing home and found him studying the week’s Torah portion Vay’ hi . It struck me then that there is a terrible lack in this beautiful portion (as in much of the Torah): Jacob gathers his sons and grandsons to his deathbed to bless them and foretell their futures but says nothing of his daughters.

I wondered when the stories of Jacob’s daughters would be told – and whether some of the task would fall to me.

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