Tag Archives: Chanukah

Miketz (Gen. 41:1-44:17), 6th day of Chanukah (Num. 7:42-47), Rosh Chodesh Tevet (Num. 28:9-15)

Three, count ‘em, THREE Torah readings this Shabbat!  Also Psalms 113-118, 104 and some changes/additions to the prayers. Why? Because the 6th day of Chanukah this year is both Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh Tevet (the first of two days marking … Continue reading

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Vayeishev (Gen. 37:1-40:23), Chanukah

Joseph: extremely gifted and extremely alone.   A brilliant outsider. Vayeishev is the first of four Torah portions that relate the Joseph story and bring us to the end of the book of Genesis.  My opinions of Joseph have varied a … Continue reading

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Miketz (Gen. 41:1-44:17), 6th day of Chanukah (Num. 7:42-47), Rosh Hodesh Tevet (Num. 28:9-15)

Three scrolls plus several extra Psalms (Ps. 104, 113-118) and an extra prayer or two.  Wheeee! That’s what happens when the 6th day of Chanukah, which happens to be Rosh Chodesh, occurs on Shabbat. The regular weekly reading, Miketz, part … Continue reading

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Vayeishev (Gen. 37:1-40:23), Chanukah

It can be really difficult to be exceptional, even “exceptional” in a positive sense.  Case in point: Joseph, whose story we read over the next four weeks. Jacob has settled down with his family in Canaan.  Joseph, now 17, is … Continue reading

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Miketz (Gen. 41:1 – 44:17), 4th day of Chanukah (Num. 7:30-35)

We know from the Joseph story that repetition is a sign of a dream’s significance.  I have had some classic recurring dreams myself; e.g., it’s the end of the semester and I have done absolutely none of the course work, … Continue reading

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Miketz (Gen. 41:1-44:17), 7th day of Chanukah (Num. 7:48-53)

Part 2 of the Joseph story.  I remember, back when we had Bible reading in public schools, hearing my teacher read this story to the class over a period of several days, like an old-fashioned movie serial.  In the Torah, … Continue reading

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Vayeishev (Gen. 37:1-40:23)

It’s time for the Joseph story.  Get out the popcorn.  Except for an interlude involving Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar, this week’s reading is a single, tightly focused story that will take us to the end of Genesis over the … Continue reading

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Miketz (Gen. 41:1-44:17), 6th day of Chanukah (Num. 7:42-47), Rosh Hodesh Tevet (Num. 28:9-15)

Three Torah scrolls this Shabbat: One for the regular weekly reading, Miketz; one for the 6th day of Chanukah; and one for Shabbat Rosh Hodesh, the beginning of the month of Tevet.  Other additions:  Hallel (Ps. 113-118), a special prayer … Continue reading

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Miketz (Gen. 41:1 – 44:17), 4th day of Chanukah (Num. 7:30-35)

This week: the next episode of the Joseph story and Chanukah. [BTW, I’ve seen at least16 transliterations of חֲנֻכָּה: H or Ch, n or nn, k or kk, and final h or no final h.  I just like “Chanukah,” so … Continue reading

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Miketz (Gen. 41:1 – 44:17), 3rd day of Chanukah (Num. 7:24-29)

 (Yes, I know this spread probably depicts an unkosher mixing of dairy and meat, but what the heck, it’s a pretty picture.  Thanks, Arlene!) You won’t have to wait 79,000+ years for the first day of Chanukah to occur on … Continue reading

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