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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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“I just need a moment” – Joseph

The Bible makes a point of noticing when men cry.  So do we, I suppose; just consider the ink spilled about Bill Clinton.  We can easily assume there were many, many tears shed by women throughout Torah and all of … Continue reading

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Chanukah!!

Across the street, my neighbors are putting up their annual, over-the-top Christmas decorations.  You can see their house from space.  For the next two months, I only have to tell people I live across the street from them, and you’ll … Continue reading

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