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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Temple B'nai Israel (windows in storage)

City: Saginaw

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: Reuben-Mandrake

Brief Description of Subject: Reuben-Jacob’s first born-time of exodus tribe counted 46,500 males above age of 20. Had large quantity of cattle, settled on east side of Jordan.
Promised to help tribes if when attacked.
During period of Judges tribes of Reuben not represented by any judge.
Blamed by Deborah not having taken part in war with Siera. (Chap 49 Genesis)
Reuben thou art my first born, my might and first forests of my strength
The excellence of dignity and the excellence of power. Unstable as water, have not thou the excellency.
Reuben natural rights forfeited, has birth, dignity opportunity
No strength or character
Designs good action does not complete them
Plans to save Joseph, prevents murder, Joseph sold.
Reuben’s descendants did not aid Deborah.
Tribe of Reuben rarely mentioned in Jewish history
Reuben has no judge during period of Judges
Mother was Leah called him Reuben Kee Ro-Adonoy Beonyee
Because Lord has looked upon my affliction
Genesis 30-14 and Reuben went into the days of wheat harvest and found Mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother.
Rachel asked for them-exchange mandrake for Jacob that night. Mandrake fruit size of a large plum, round yellow full of soft pulp. In east considered as a love charm. Rachel’s desire to obtain them.
Reuben offered his sons as hostages for safety of Benjamin. Taken away into captivity by Trglatt Pileser of Assyria B.C.E. TI Kings 15:29.

Jewish Tribe Reuben
Jewish Tribe Reuben

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