Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774
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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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By:
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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TOLDOT, Genesis 25:19-28:9 It's tough being a parent today. Andy Reid, head coach of the Eagles, knows that well; after all, he manages strong men on the gridiron, but apparently seems to have much more difficulty managing men in his own home. Yet I empathize with his situation. The enemies that stalk our children are omnipresent and formidable. Parents today...
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Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18 The old joke about Jewish holidays and rituals is that all of them conform to the same narrative: They tried to kill us. We survived (and even flourished). Now, let's eat! And when you think of the stories and the celebrations of Passover, Chanukah and Purim -- just to name a few of the prominent features...
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