Saturday, April 25, 2015 Iyyar 6, 5775

Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Each year, when I get to the Joseph story, I know Chanukah is near. But I like neither the historical story of the war nor the legendary miracle of the oil. Judaism is so unwarlike that the rabbis excluded the war story from the Bible; and even though they focused on the oil, miracles did not become mainstream Judaism. Rabbinic...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Growing up as the daughter of a German mother and a Polish father, Regina Weyer of Phoenixville said that she's probably more familiar with the Holocaust than many other Catholics. A first-generation American, she said that she thinks her upbringing has influenced her teaching on the subject to sixth-graders at St. Basil the Great School, a parochial school in Kimberton...
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VAYISHLAH, Genesis 32:4-36:43
By:
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
Many of the stories of the Jewish people deal with collective experiences, as do most of the major festivals of the Jewish calendar. Pesach commemorates the Exodus; Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah; Sukkot remembers the desert wanderings. Chanukah and Purim narrate stories of deliverance for the community. With so much emphasis on the collective, the stories of Jewish...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, Staff Writer
Influential spiritual leader Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi explained that, as he approached his 60th year, there came a moment that he wasn't expecting and wasn't ready for: feeling an achiness all over his body -- a "cumulative tiredness." At some point, he related at a recent program, "you have to come to terms with your own mortality," and listen to your...
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VAYETZE, Genesis 28:10-32:3
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
There is no doubt that Laban is the villain in this week's parshah. He takes advantage of Jacob's intense love for Rachel to make Jacob an indentured servant, and then deceives him by substituting Leah for Rachel and extracting another seven years of unpaid labor from his nephew. Later, when Jacob's unpaid service has been completed and they agree on...
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