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Finding Your Yichus

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No matter who you are, your yichus matters. In the opening pages of his analysis of a legendary creative partnership, Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution, author Todd S. Purdum vividly describes how Willie Hammerstein (father of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II) tried his best to keep his son away from his own Dad, impresario Oscar Hammerstein I, lest grandfather tempt grandson into joining him — God forbid — in show business. Spoiler: it didn’t work. Oscar II was completely enthralled by the world of song and dance and became one of the most famous and successful Broadway creative forces of all time. Yichus won.

Indeed, this week’s Torah reading of Pinchas seems to have yichus on the brain. For starters, the opening verses detail the lineage of Pinchas, Aharon’s grandson, who at the end of last week’s parasha publicly and violently killed two sinners. The Talmud in Sanhedrin remarks that Pinchas’s lineage is recorded to rebuke those who mocked his mother’s father’s family (they were related to Yitro), which made Pinchas in some way inadequate. By........

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