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Posts Tagged ‘Genesis’

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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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 – Relationships Re-examined

Parshat Mikketz: Genesis 41:1-44:17; Numbers 28:9-15; 7:42-47. (Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Chanukah) Rabbi Ariana Silverman Jacob’s sons could recognize that a pervasive famine meant their families were on the brink of starvation. They knew there was food in Egypt, and that they could buy food from the one very powerful man who was in charge of…

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Weekly Torah Portion – Hear Our Voices

Parshat Vayeshav: Genesis 37:1-40:23; Amos 2:6-3:8. Rabbi Jennifer Lader As a woman, so often when I read the weekly parshah, I am troubled by the lack of female voices, opinions, bodily autonomy and value in our sacred text. Our matriarchs, the mothers of our people, are repeatedly acted upon — they are supporting characters in…

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Weekly Torah Portion – True Brotherly Love

Parshat Vayishlach: Genesis 32:4-36:43; Obadiah 1:1-21. This week’s portion begins with Jacob preparing to see his brother Esau after 20+ years apart. As you’ll recall, after stealing Isaac’s blessing intended for Esau, Jacob fled in order to avoid Esau’s wrath.  Now, a few wives, a dozen children and massive amounts of property later, Jacob finally has…

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Weekly Torah Portion – Man: A Heavenly Concern

Parshat Vayetze: Genesis 28:10-32:3; Hosea 12:13-14:10. In Parshat Vayetze, we encounter Jacob in his hurried exit from Canaan, afraid of his angry brother Esau from whom he wrestled the patriarchal blessing. When he lays his exhausted body down to sleep, Jacob has a vision that has been depicted in art, literature and biblical interpretation throughout…

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Weekly Torah Portion – Recognize The Individual

Parshat Toldot: Genesis 25:19-28:9; Malachi 1:1-2:7. It is difficult to imagine two brothers who are as different from each other as Jacob and Esau. Unlike the presentation of earlier individuals, the Torah describes the adolescent personalities and hobbies of Jacob and Esau. We learn that Jacob spends his time at home in his tent, while…

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Weekly Torah Portion – A Sense Of Destiny

Parshat Chaye Sara: Genesis 23:1-25:18; I Kings 1:1-31. So much is riding on a mission. Avraham sends his servant back to Aram Nahara’im to find a bride for his son Yitzhak. Avraham wrests a promise from the servant that he won’t take Yitzhak back to Aram Nahara’im, but will, instead, find a proper bride for…

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Weekly Torah Portion – Of Birth, Age, Hope, Fear

Parshat Vayera: Genesis 18:1-22:24; II Kings 4:1-37. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well on in years” … Genesis 18:11. “God had remembered Sarah as He had said; and God did for Sarah as He had spoken. Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time which God…

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Weekly Torah Portion – National Pride Is Universal

Parshat Lech Lecha: Genesis 12:1-17:27; Isaiah 40:27-41:16. The Jews know the dangers of extreme nationalism, which has led to anti-Semitism and fascism, and the dangers of the rejection of all nationalism, which has led to Soviet communism and to anti-Zionism. In Lech Lecha, Abraham, Sarah and God search for a way of balancing the creation…

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Weekly Torah Portion – Over The Rainbow

Parshat Noach: Genesis 6:9-11:32; Isaiah 54:1-55:5. When was the last time you saw a rainbow? Not too long ago, I saw a beautiful rainbow as I was walking out of temple after a long, exhausting, rainy, dreary day. Seeing that rainbow lifted my spirits, giving me a little boost as I slowed my steps to…

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