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Revisionist History: Parashat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/revisionist_history_parashat_devarim_deuteronomy_11-322_20110802

My grandmother loved to tell family stories in which key details were changed. Sometimes she swapped out one time period or location for another. Sometimes key characters were replaced or motivations recast. More than slips of memory, these alterations were her way of putting the past into perspective, of teaching lessons and of casting a favorable light on the generations gone by. I lovingly called this trait “Nana’s revisionist history.”

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