Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. It's time to pull out your recipes for those special Chanukah traditions -- heaping tablespoons of friends, a pinch of shopping for the family, and plenty of candles, latkes and dreidels. But amidst the whirlwind of celebrating, how do you make Chanukah more meaningful during this season of consumerism? Harold Grinspoon, philanthropist and founder of the P.J. Library,...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
Mikeitz, Genesis 41:1-44:17 Do you recall Golda Meir's famous quip: "Why did God bring us to the only place in the Middle East without oil?" Let's think about that for a moment -- and then think Chanukah. Because no other holiday is as dominated by the oil motif as this one. The menorah is optimally lit with oil per the...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
VAYISHLACH, Genesis 37:1-40:23 It's a very interesting fact. The street signs in Israel are chock-full of some of the most seminal events and personalities in the 3,500-year drama of the Jewish journey. Indeed, one could learn so much of the unfolding drama of our people by reflecting on what is recorded on them. Stroll along Jerusalem's King George Street, and...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
Vayeishev, Genesis 37:1-40:23 "The only way to make a dream come true," goes the aphorism, "is to wake up." But sometimes, a dream takes time to incubate. Vayachalom Yosef chalom -- "And Joseph dreamed a dream." The salient word, which liltingly lifts itself off the page, is chalom , "dream." Joseph was distrusted because of his dreams; worse yet, he...
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Vayetzei, Genesis 28:10-32:3 At the start of this week's portion, we find Jacob fleeing from his brother Esau, who intends to murder him. On his journey, he rests for the night and has an amazing dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven. At the top of the ladder is God, who gives Jacob a reassuring message about...
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