Tag Archives: Joseph

Vayechi: I love you, but you’re not perfect

There were probably a lot of familiar faces around our tables over these last few weeks.  Families gathered for celebration, parents, grandparents, children…all the family, and all the family dynamics and expectations.  We read of a family gathered around in … Continue reading

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Vayigash: Be like Judah

Family reunions can be tough, especially when there are members of the family who haven’t spoken in years.  Will the meeting be confrontational?  How will the family move forward after years of estrangement? Will forgiveness be offered on all sides? … Continue reading

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Miketz: what a name invokes

This is a really long parasha.  A lot happens in the hundred-plus verses that covers Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams all the way through the visits from Jospeh’s brothers twice, and the emotional moment when Joseph reveals his identity to … Continue reading

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Vayeshev and Chanukah: balance and light

And so we begin the Joseph story.  In parashat Vayeshev, we read of Joseph the Dreamer, who annoys his brothers to the point where they do him bodily harm.  He gets sold to Egypt, resists the amorous advances of his … Continue reading

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Vayechi: And he lived…and died

Vayichi…and he lived (and died) We go now to the part of the Biblical story where Jacob dies.   Naturally, the name of the portion is “Vayechi : and he lived.” Jacob’s death heralds big changes for the future of the … Continue reading

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Vayigash: Enough

Judah learned a lot about being a father by being a son, which made him a better brother, which in turn, changed the course of the Biblical narrative. What? Just before this week’s parasha, (Torah portion) we read about Judah … Continue reading

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Miketz and Chanukah: Two tales of life with the “Other”

As usual, the Torah portion Miketz coincides with Chanukah.  In Miketz, we read more of the Joseph story.  After Joseph gets out of prison by correctly interpreting Pharoah’s dreams, he gets new Egyptian clothes, a new Egyptian job, a new … Continue reading

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