As the book of Genesis closes, the seventy souls of Jacob's family become the twelve tribes of Israel. Cosmic secrets are almost revealed. The children of Israel sink deeper into exile, but take with them the promise of pakod yifkod -- remembrance within remembrance...
Also: The three lives of Jacob; the right not to know, wine-red eyes and milk-whit teeth; life, death and reality; the beheading of Esau and the human story in twelve words
Ten miracles were performed for our forefathers in the Holy Temple: No woman ever miscarried because of the smell of the holy meat. The holy meat never spoiled. Never was a fly seen in the slaughterhouse. Never did the High Priest have an accidental seminal discharge on Yom Kippur. The rains did not extinguish the wood-fire burning upon the altar. The wind did not prevail over the column of smoke [rising from the altar]. No disqualifying problem was ever discovered in the Omer offering, the Two Loaves or the Showbread. They stood crowded but had ample space in which to prostate themselves. Never did a snake or scorpion cause injury in Jerusalem. And no man ever said to his fellow "My lodging in Jerusalem is too cramped for me''
— Ethics of the Fathers, 5:5
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