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Vayeshev: Tamar’s courage

Great stories require great plots and great characters.  The entire Joseph story begins in Vayeshev, and is absolutely the greatest of stories: intrigue, plot twists, plotting and scheming, and righteous voices getting heard, taking control of their lives.  Then again, … Continue reading

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Vayeshev: Six kinds of milk

Six kinds of milk.  Six different kinds of milk in my refrigerator.  1%, (that’s ours), my sister had whole milk and half-and-half, my sister-in-law (vegan) had soy milk, my cousin (also vegan) had almond milk and almond milk creamer.  At … Continue reading

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Vayeshev: Calling out the guilty

  Don’t stand idly by the blood of your brother. Lo ta’amod adam re’acha. Lev. (19:16) Yes, I know we’re not in Leviticus, but that’s what this parasha, Vayeshev, reminds me of. That’s exactly what Jacob’s sons did- they stood … Continue reading

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Vayeshev: The Tamars of today’s world

I love Tamar.  Not “tamar” as in the Hebrew word for dates but Tamar, as in a star in this week’s parasha, Vayeshev.  Tamar’s story is a side-bar to the main story of Joseph and his brothers.  The connection is … 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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Vayeshev: Tamar and the 99%

Step up and take some responsibility. It’s tempting to see the story of Judah and Tamar as a “strong woman takes on male-dominated society” tale.  Although that’s true, it’s really about accountability, taking responsibility, getting nailed when you try to … Continue reading

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Vayeshev – sort of

This week is one of my favorite Torah portions.  It begins the longest narrative in all of the  Bible, that of Joseph and his brothers.  It also sets up the whole rest of the story: slavery, Pharoah, plagues, leaving Egypt, … Continue reading

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