Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775
VAERA, Exodus 6:2-9:35
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
"We see things not as they are but as we are." Taken from Milton's poem Paradise Lost, this haunting aphorism offers us a penetrating look into human nature. None of us sees the world through untinted lenses. Even when we think we're being objective, our backgrounds, values and interests condition how we understand life. Few tales demonstrate this better than...
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VAYECHI, Genesis 47:28-50:26
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
A week after the holiday of Chanukah and its eight glorious nights of ever-increasing light, it's fair to say that when we approach this week's Torah portion, we're still on a spiritual high. And with the darkness of winter fast approaching, this portion's title, Vayechi -- which literally means "and he lived" -- signals the promise of life and fulfillment...
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VAYIGASH, Genesis 44:18-47:27
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Our experience tells us that talking things out leads to greater clarity and calm in difficult situations. This is the foundation of talk therapy; verbalizing what we are feeling or what happened to us to a listening ear brings us new insights. The impulse to tell our stories is everywhere -- in the memoirs on the bestseller lists and the...
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By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Chanukah is among the most widely celebrated of Jewish festivals. For eight nights, we light the menorah and praise God for the victories of our Maccabean ancestors over the forces of Antiochus centuries ago. We spin dreidels, eat latkes, and sing songs of heroism and thanks. The prime mitzvah of Chanukah is Pirsum Ha Nes -- publicizing the miracle of...
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Vayeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Vayeshev is a portion of dreams. As it opens, we meet Joseph, and learn that his father loved him "better than his other sons," and this favoritism engenders deep jealousy. Like his father, Jacob, Joseph is a dreamer, and he is cursed and blessed with the ability to interpret dreams. After he shares his dreams, his angry brothers throw him...
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