Posts Tagged ‘Jacob’

Ultra orthodox jewish boys walking on the street in Mea shearim Jewish Orthodox quarter, Israel Jerusalem.

Weekly Torah Portion – Blessings And Heritage

Parshat Vayechi: Genesis 47:28-50:26; I Kings 2:1-12. Rabbi Amy Bigman As I write this, we have just completed the holiday of Chanukah. Our congregation has held its annual Chanukah/Shabbat dinner and our social hall was overflowing with children, parents, grandparents and members of our congregational family and community. We began, as always, with the blessing…

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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 – 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 – The Original Prayer Book

Parshat V’etchanan: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11; Isaiah 40:1-26. In this week’s Torah portion, we find Moses’ personal prayer, petitioning God for entry into the Land of Israel. Moses prayed to God countless times — but which prayer book did he use? In a synagogue today, you can find all sorts of prayers in the siddur. There are…

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Shoah Holocaust memorial of shoes

Guest Column: On Tisha b’Av, Remember The Holocaust

We are in the Jewish month of Av, a month of mourning for Jewish people. In the month of Av, we remember the many tragedies that have happened to us. More than 2,000 years ago on the ninth of Av, the first and second Beit HaMikdash, our holy temples, were destroyed, burned with the holy…

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