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    End of the beginning – Vayyechi

    This Shabbat we come to the end of the Book of B’reshit. It’s a unique part of the Bible because it’s all about beginnings.

    The first four chapters show how the world began; how civilisation developed; how gender, childbearing and family originated; and how every aspect of human life emerged.

    The narratives about the patriarchal period show the beginnings of history, and it all adds up to the answer to the question of where we came from.

    No other Biblical book gives the same weight to human beginnings.

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