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Mirror, mirror: What do you see?

Instructions: Look in a mirror. What do you see in the mirror image of your face that reminds you of another family member and/or ancestor? Submit your answers. (it’s that simple!)

Source Text: History repeats itself, and Isaac may not know enough in the passage below to know that he is following in his father’s footsteps, but we know that he is making the same choices his father, Abraham, did. What of our ancestors can we see in ourselves?


Genesis Chapter 26, Verse 6-8: Isaac lived in Gerar.  And the men of [Gerar] asked Isaac about his wife; and he said: 'She is my sister'; for he feared to say: 'My wife'; 'in case the men of the place kill me for Rebekah, because she is beautiful to look at.'  And when he had been there a long time, Avimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out a window, and saw Isaac was kissing Rebekah.

ו וַיֵּשֶׁב יִצְחָק, בִּגְרָר.  ז וַיִּשְׁאֲלוּ אַנְשֵׁי הַמָּקוֹם, לְאִשְׁתּוֹ, וַיֹּאמֶר, אֲחֹתִי הִוא:  כִּי יָרֵא, לֵאמֹר אִשְׁתִּי, פֶּן-יַהַרְגֻנִי אַנְשֵׁי הַמָּקוֹם עַל-רִבְקָה, כִּי-טוֹבַת מַרְאֶה הִוא.  ח וַיְהִי, כִּי אָרְכוּ-לוֹ שָׁם הַיָּמִים, וַיַּשְׁקֵף אֲבִימֶלֶךְ מֶלֶךְ פְּלִשְׁתִּים, בְּעַד הַחַלּוֹן; וַיַּרְא, וְהִנֵּה יִצְחָק מְצַחֵק, אֵת, רִבְקָה אִשְׁתּוֹ.


  • “happiness”
  • “my mom’s smile”
  • “I have the same hair and personality as my grandmother and my cousin”
  • “I was adopted”
  • “Dad’s eyes, mom’s face, sister’s face too”
  • “my grandma’s personality”
  • “all I see is my mother and I can only hope that I don’t look like her to other people”
  • “My eyes look like my mom's and brother's eyes”
  • “My mom's hair”
  • “My dad's nose and mouth”
  • “My grandpa Bob's ears”
  • “My grandmother's culinary skills”
  • “I see my mother and my uncle's oval facial structure, also very prominent noses, long and narrow”
  • “My mother's warm brown eyes”
  • “My zadie's full lips and oval face”
  • “My father's soft heart”
  • “My people's sojourn in Eastern Europe”
  • “I see my grandma's face without the wrinkles”
  • “My mom's gray hair”
  • “I see skin that glows from the sun and my very own nose that looks like no one else in my family”
  • “Wavy hair like my uncle”
  • “I see my father's face, also my mother's face. But mostly my father's face.”
  • “I also see my kids. How fantastic!”

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