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Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/parashat_vayigash_genesis_4418-4727_20091222

After the Golden Calf, Moshe prays to God, begging forgiveness. In the course of his prophetic dialogue with the Creator, Moshe asks to see God’s glory. God responds that no person can see His face and live. However, He will allow Moshe to see His back (Exodus 33:17-23). Rashi, citing the Talmud, understands God’s offer literally. As we sing in the An’im Z’mirot hymn toward the end of Shabbat morning services: “He showed [Moshe] the humble one the [rear] knot of His [head] tefillin.”

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