Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774
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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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
VAYESHEV, Genesis 37:1-40:23 I wish I could begin by quoting Rambam or Rabbi Soloveitchick - though separated by seven centuries, they remain two of our pre-eminent relationship experts. That is to say, they teach Jews how to relate to sacred texts and to the challenges of living Jewishly even today. But allow me to quote a different relationship expert, "Hitch"...
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