Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
Exodus 6:2-9:35
By:
Rabbi Ira Samuel Grussgott
VAERA Exodus 6:2-9:35 A gardener who was working nearby a kindergarten playground suddenly got stuck in a ditch of his own making. Laboring furiously to extricate himself, he finally succeeded and exclaimed - "I'm free; I'm free!" "Big deal," said a child passing by, "I'm 4!" For a child to confuse "three" for "free" is an understandable mistake. But for...
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SHEMOT Exodus 1:1-61
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
SHEMOT Exodus 1:1-61 Gertrude Stein, commenting on Shakespeare's line that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," opined: "A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose." Well, not when it's a daisy. Bear with me, and my point will become a tad clearer. "These are the names of the children of Israel who descended...
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VAYECHI Genesis 47:28-50:26
By:
Rabbi Jeff Sultar
VAYECHI Genesis 47:28-50:26 Jacob dies in these final chapters of the first book of the Torah. Thus, Bereshit - the book of Genesis - begins with creation and ends with a death. In response to the Torah's description of Jacob's dying and what was done for him afterward, the Talmud quotes Rabbi Yochanan as asserting: "Our father Jacob is not...
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Torah Portion
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Rabbi Lisa S. Malik- Suburban Jewish Community Center-B'nai Aaron in Havertown.
The Hebrew word for "Jew," Yehudi , stems from the word Yehudah ("Judah"), the name of the tribe from which most of us hail. In this week's Torah portion, our eponymous ancestor Yehudah has a starring role. He approaches the vice regent of Egypt (who, unbeknownst to him, is his brother Joseph) and offers his own freedom in exchange for...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Gary Pokras
MIKETZ Genesis 41:1 - 44:17 This week we read Parashat Miketz, which describes Joseph's spectacular rise to power in Egypt and his eventual reunion with his family. We also celebrate Chanukah. So what does the story of Joseph have to do with Judah the Maccabee and the rededication of the Holy Temple? Well, everything. Let's begin with Joseph. The Torah...
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