The Torah takes a brief interlude and traces
the lineage of Moses and Aaron . . .
says the Chabad website.
I guess this is where you would get up
to get popcorn, if you were reading the Torah
and couldn’t wait any longer.
Ancestry dot com can’t believe they’re giving
all of this information away for free.
Who fathered who? Who mothered who
for that matter. You’ll find out who married
his own aunt, and what children they had.
Speaking of children, if you missed all the
begetting from the earlier chapters
you’re in luck. It’s a beget-fest up in this parsha.
It’s beget-a-palooza. It’s link after link
in this chain which connects us to
the people who came before and
the ones yet to come.
And the sons of Torah were Assir, Elkanah
and Abiasaph, in case you needed that
for a future game of Jewpardy.
None of this is trivia.
This is who we are and were.
This is the final roster of people
who took us out of the narrow place
who could describe it from physical memory.
Let’s see the rest of this through their eyes.