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Parashat Vayigash (December 22, 2012)
by David Mintz

WITH THE Union for Reform Judaism’s publication of the Women’s Torah Commentary and more recently, the Modern Men’s Torah Commentary, much has been made of biblical gender roles. Indeed, the expectations on both male and female characters in the Torah often are difficult for us to understand from a modern perspective. And as we’ve seen in the saga of Joseph and his brothers, climaxing this week in Parashat Vayigash, some of these characters seem to be demonstrating a type of immature masculinity. You might call it acting like a tough guy.

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