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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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Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

It’s a time of change. The country’s new administration has no value for the life-saving achievements of the past.  A group of “others” is labeled a possible security threat and is kept under harsh control.  And a group of women … Continue reading

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

After all that has happened to him, Jacob expects the rest of his life to be smooth sailing, now that he and his family are settled in Canaan.  His favorite son, Joseph, now 17, is very bright, handsome (probably looks … Continue reading

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Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

After the dysfunctional family shenanigans of Genesis, Exodus (in Hebrew, Shemot, “names”) begins the exciting story of an outsider who is miraculously saved from death and grows up to lead his people from slavery to freedom.  Get out the popcorn! … Continue reading

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

Yes, I remember where I was when Kennedy was assassinated, 50 years ago today.  I was in my sixth grade classroom, and we were cutting out bell shapes from construction paper, I think for Christmas decorations (why so early, I … Continue reading

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