When is a Coat More Than Just a Coat? Dr. Tamar Kadari on Parshat Vayeishev

Jacob is blessed with many children but is it too much of a good thing?  Using an example of the midrashic technique of notarikon – rearranging or deriving meaning from the individual letters of a word – Tamar Kadari, Senior Lecturer in Midrash, teaches how Joseph’s famous (technicolor dream) coat ended up becoming a source of division in his family.

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Image Source: Diego Velazquez   –   Joseph`s bloody coat brought to Jacob
Monastery of San Lorenzo El Escorial, Madrid,1630