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November 24, 2018 |Sorrow Into Strength - Parashat Vayishlach

Rabbi Tucker

Any good theater nerd will know the origin story of Elphaba, the so-called “bad witch” in the popular Broadway musical, Wicked.  Her mother, Melena, having been given a green elixir before conceiving, Elphaba is born with emerald-colored skin that makes her an outcast amongst peers.  Her unusual coloring also eventually causes Elphaba to be shunned within her own family for when Melena takes medicine during her subsequent pregnancy in order to prevent such a birth defect from occurring again, the drug ultimately causes Elphaba’s sister, Nessarose, to be born unable to walk and Melena to die during childbirth.  Nessarose’s father blames Elphaba for having brought about such catastrophic events and favors her sister instead.  Elphaba, too, feels tremendous responsibility for the younger girl and tends to both coddle and resent her at various times.   Continue Reading--->

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