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Invincible and Powerless

Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 - 30:1)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/invincible_and_powerless_20000721

On the day of my wedding, my grandfather was on his deathbed. In earlier years, he had been a delight of my childhood, a source of insight and stability, a constant presence. In planning our wedding, we'd asked my grandfather to play some favorite old songs on his violin during the ceremony. But illness came suddenly upon this 90-year-old, and it became impossible for him to attend. That day, despite the intense celebration, my joy was diminished. But when he died seven days later, I knew he'd seen at least a glimpse of the life I was entering and the family I might later create.

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