Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
VAYIGASH, Genesis 44:18-47:27
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
As Reconstructionist Jews often say, following the thought of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, we are living in two civilizations: American and Jewish. This is most apparent during the "holiday season" that we are in the thick of right now. It can feel strange to be drawing up a set of New Year's resolutions for Jan. 1, when we have so recently...
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MIKETZ, Genesis 41:1-44:17
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Decades ago, I heard a humorous tale from the late Rabbi Yaakov Rosenberg, who was known for his contributions both to Philadelphia and world Jewry. He cast a large shadow figuratively, through his accomplishments, and literally, through his considerable size. One year, when visiting Israel, the rabbi was waiting in line. Many of us know that "standing on queue" in...
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VAYESHEV, Genesis 37:1-40-23
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Even though the dates of Chanukah change every year, we Jews welcome our Festival of Lights annually by reading the last parshah of Genesis, the tale of Joseph. This year, perhaps the lights of Chanukah will illuminate the often neglected story that seems to interrupt the Joseph narrative. Jealous of Joseph's special place in their father's heart, his 10 brothers...
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VAYETZE, Genesis 28:10-32:3
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
A vivid, recurring image in Genesis is of Jacob setting up pillars of stone along his journey. In Vayetze -- this week's Torah portion -- we learn just how significant stones are to Jacob. Arriving at the first stop on his journey to Haran, Jacob takes "one of the stones of that place," and puts it under his head when...
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TOLDOT, Genesis 25:19-28:9
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Stephen Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, tells the story of a friend who called him in a dither. At odds with his son, the exasperated father asked Covey to intervene. "Stephen, I don't understand my son. He never listens to me!" Covey responded, "Let me get this straight. You don't understand your son because he doesn't...
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