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Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27): Coping with past mistakes

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

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/parashat_vayigash_genesis_4418-4727_coping_with_past_mistakes_20101208

The history of the cliffhanger probably isn’t much older than the late 19th century. Stories were serialized, first in newspapers and later in motion pictures, and authors wanted to entice the reader or viewer to tune back in for the following installment. A common device was to interrupt the story at a point where the hero was hanging for dear life onto a cliff — either literally or figuratively — and you needed to wait until the next episode to discover his or her fate.

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