Getting Lost in the Stories We Spin

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Genesis – it’s all about family dynamics

Links and rifts make their way through the generations

Children struggle or thrive – because of or in spite of …

Everyone competes for love

“Israel loved Joseph more than all of his sons…” (Genesis 37:3).

Perhaps Ecclesiastes is right that “there is nothing new under the sun (1:9)

We become lost in the stories we spin

And, though they do not serve us well,

They follow us into our adult lives.

Departing this world, our parents bequeath unfinished “family business”

Leaving us to…

Reconcile with our siblings

Repair rifts

Build or rebuild trust

Make peace.

In truth, this is avodat ha-kodesh –sacred family work.

“[Joseph’s] brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers so they hated him…”

A hate so deep that “they could not speak with him peacefully” (37:3-4).

Peace is built out…

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About Excitable Ape

Today is the best day of my life! I am the Artist In Residence of the Chicago Council on Science and Technology. I work as an expert in science communication for Harvard University. Along with my wife, the comics artist Sharon Rosenzweig, I create comics and comic videos for the Annals of Internal Medicine. I express my passion for promoting science literacy by creating science education materials that makes people laugh out loud.
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