10 Tevet 5781

December 25, 2020 This week’s Torah portion, Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27) has a beautiful phrase, “His soul is bound to his soul.” (44:30) In the dramatic scene when Judah is pleading for Benjamin’s life, Judah describes the special relationship between his father Jacob and his youngest brother Benjamin.  The goal is to keep Benjamin from being…

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3 Tevet 5781

December 18, 2021 The entire story of Joseph, which spans three Torah portions in the latter third of the Book of Genesis, centers around dreams: their interpretation and the actions that interpretation then inspires. This week, we read the second portion in that series, Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17). The dreams begin in last week’s portion, Vayeishev.…

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25 Kislev 5781

December 11, 2020 There is an interesting moment in this week’s Torah portion, Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23), during Joseph’s search for his brothers. Initially, Joseph seeks them in Shechem, where Jacob supposes them to be. As Joseph unsuccessfully seeks his brothers, a man who perceives that Joseph is wandering aimlessly asks Joseph the purpose of his…

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