Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774
SHEMOT, Exodus 1:1-6:1
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
This Shabbat, we begin the book of Exodus -- Shemot or "Names" in Hebrew. Exodus is filled with drama: Moses demands freedom from Pharaoh, the people cross the sea against all odds, celebrating their freedom on the other side. But these events occur later. Shemot begins in a smaller way, as its title suggests, with names. It begins by naming...
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By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
VAYEHI, Genesis 47:28-50:26 In this week's Torah reading, we reach the end of the book of Genesis, the book of the Bible that more than any other is filled with absorbing stories that we treasure, from the seven days of creation to Noah's ark, from Abraham and Isaac's encounter with the ram at the top of Mt. Moriah to Jacob...
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VAYIGASH, Genesis 44:18-47:27
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
After weeks of immersion in the story of Joseph and his brothers, we arrive at the penultimate portion in this cycle. We have followed Joseph's rising fortune as his father's favorite, and his descent after being thrown into a pit by his jealous brothers. Rescued, he is elevated to a position of trust by Potiphar, only to be cast down...
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MIKETZ, Genesis 41:1-44:17
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
It's certainly not easy being someone you're not, but even more difficult -- as the story of Joseph illustrates -- is remaining true to yourself. This week's Torah portion opens with the dream of Pharaoh and the Hebrew slave whose interpretation wins over the Egyptian ruler and raises him up to the pinnacles of power. When famine strikes the land,...
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VAYESHEV, Genesis 37:1-40:23
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
The natural world at this time of year grows dark, cold and bare. Some find this to be a time for reflection, while others feel weighed down by the increasing darkness. These dueling impulses are played out in the themes of the Joseph cycle, which begins in this week's portion, Vayeshev. The tension between dark and light is enacted at...
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