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The Shema

“And then Jacob called to his sons and said: Gather together and I will tell you what will happen to you in the End of Days” (Genesis 49:1). Rashi, as mentioned in the previous section, quotes the Talmud and the Midrash to explain why this portion is a closed portion: Jacob wanted to reveal his […]

The End of Days

Although God did not allow Jacob to openly reveal the End of Days, he was permitted to embed different parts of his overall vision in the blessings. Rashi points out many of these prophetic allusions in his commentary. Judah’s blessing, for instance, contains some quite explicit and other more subtle references to the future: Judah […]