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December 14, 2018 – VaYigash

This week’s Torah portion is called VaYigash. You will find it in the book of Genesis. 44:18-47:27.  The parashah deals with the reuniting of Joseph and his family.  To understand this section better, let us recap the Joseph story until this point. We pick up the storyline after Joseph’s brothers, who were jealous of him,… View Article


November 30, 2018 – Hanukkah

This year at sunset, on the night of December 2, we began our annual celebration of the first of our post-biblical celebrations. The biblical text does not talk about the Hanukkah holiday and what we know about it comes to us through non-biblical sources. We have much of what we know about the origins of Hanukkah… View Article


November 16, 2018 – Vayetzei

This coming Sabbath, November 17, we study the parashah called “Vayetzei”.  You will find this weekly section in the Book of Genesis 25:10-31:3.  In it, we read about the first of Jacob’s dreams, a dream that contains the famous vignette of Jacob’s ladder. As is typical of dreams, we see how Jacob’s subliminal fears and… View Article