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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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Metro Detroit Jews at a Poor People’s Campaign event PHOTO BY NINA CHACKER. Michigan PPC

Essay: Leading Michigan Poor People’s Campaign

Dozens of rabbis and lay leaders join together for social justice. This summer, interfaith clergy and lay leaders gathered to revitalize the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) through six acts of nonviolent civil disobedience paired with songful, impassioned rallies. Each weekly action in May and June focused on one of…

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Parshat Balak: Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micah 5:6-6:8. donkey ass going up to mount sinai.

Weekly Torah Portion – That Still Small Voice

Parshat Balak: Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micah 5:6-6:8 Sometimes wisdom comes from the voices we least expect. In Balak, it comes from an ass. Sometimes wisdom comes from the voices we hold close to our hearts. In my life, that voice is often my late father-in-law, Robert Long. These vastly disparate voices come together for me in…

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Rabbi Ariana Silverman speaks at the June 21 event about the Farm Bill.

Hungry For Justice

Rob Streit JN Intern Faith leaders meet to voice support for SNAP benefits. People have a right to eat. That was what an interfaith group of spiritual leaders who met at Greater Baptist Church in Detroit on June 14 said, as they called on Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., to support SNAP benefits in the Farm…

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All-Night Studying

Tikkun Leil Shavuot has evolved over the last decades as a holiday ritual. Since Jews stopped bringing sacrifices, the festival of Shavuot has looked like a generic Yom Tov, without distinctive rituals. Shavuot had an unusual sacrifice (Leviticus 23:17-20), but now another ritual has emerged. The prayer book identifies Shavuot as “the season of the…

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