Posts Tagged ‘Ezekiel’

Joseph, son of Jacob, had eleven brothers. The brothers resented him for being Jacob’s favorite. Jacob had given Joseph a coat of many colors. That angered the brothers. Joseph had two dreams. In each he was lifted high above the brothers. That made them angry. They sold him into slavery and told their father he was dead. Joseph ended up in the house of Potiphar. He was successful and honored in that house until Potiphar’s wife tried to persuade him to have an inappropriate relationship. He refused and she falsely accused him. Joseph landed in jail. He was there until Pharaoh had a dream and needed someone to interpret it. He called for Joseph. Joseph told him famine was coming to Egypt and what needed to be done to prepare. Again Joseph gained success and prominence in Egypt. His brothers came to buy grain. Joseph told them to return and bring back the youngest brother. He demanded one brother stay behind. He tested his brothers by hiding money in their grain bags. They returned the money. They did as instructed, brought back Benjamin. Again Joseph tested his brothers by hiding a goblet in Benjamin’s bag. When found, he insisted Benjamin stay behind. The brothers begged for mercy for their father’s sake. Joseph knew they had changed. He revealed his identity and was reunited with his brothers and father, Jacob.

Weekly Torah Portion – What The World Needs Now

Parshat Vayigash: Genesis 44:18-47:27; Ezekiel 37:15-28. Rabbi Shlomo Riskin The poignant moment when Joseph and Benjamin are reunited after a separation of 22 years is one of the most tender scenes in the Torah. After a long chronicle of difficult brotherly relationships, we finally come across two brothers who truly love each other. The only…

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A man's hands holding the Lulav and Etrog, symbols of the Jewish festival of Succot.

Weekly Torah Portion – The Dwelling That Unifies

Parshat Chol Hamoed Sukkot: Exodus 33:12-34:26; Numbers 29: 26-31; Ezekiel 38:18-39:16. Sukkot is the Festival of Joy. Throughout the holiday, four times a day, we refer to Sukkot as the time of our happiness in our prayers. What exactly are we so happy about? And, how did Sukkot, or any of the holidays, get to…

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Young woman holds a hand on the shoulder of a senior citizen.

Weekly Torah Portion – Embodying Empathy

Parshat Emor: Leviticus 21:1-24:23; Ezekiel 44:15-31. Our actions in the world can either bring sanctity (kiddush HaShem) or desecration (chillul HaShem) to God’s name. In portion Emor, the Torah is clear that how we act in the world has a direct effect on the level of holiness present in each of our relationships. In Leviticus…

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