Parashat VaYechi, and Endings

     This week’s Torah portion,  Parashat VaYechi, is the 12th and final parashah in the book of Bereshit ( aka Genesis), after Judah showed, last week, how to  draw near to danger, and take responsibility, making  a tiny bit of repair for what he (almost) did to  Tamar, in parashat VaYeshev,  who knew and fought daringly for her rights.    Now, we see the end of an epoch.

   The week before last week, Joseph resolved a long-term nation-wide problem, but all of Egypt becomes serfs, or worse.   This week shows the biased blessing by Jacob, and Joseph insisting that he be buried way up north, eventually.  Then, he dies, and is buried in Egypt.  Now, an uncertain future awaits, as always.    Joseph’s legacy was a complicated one, no?

      How can we make the future more certain and safe for all of us?

   What do you think,   Thoughtful Readers?


Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how long term legacies, and how taking of care of one another might help keep all of us safer, please.

2.)  Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

  Parasha 11, VaYigash, or And He Drew Near

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

                by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                                       help build a kinder future, and Project Do Better: We can build a Better World

( Golden 5 month GED lesson 22 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective,

               and can historical fiction stories inspires learning and courage, Ann and Willow??

l’Shalom, Peace

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS


the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

Shira Destinie Jones’ work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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