Jacob, soon to die in Egypt, blesses Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Menashe, and asks to be buried in the the land G-d promised to Abraham. However, an action he takes prevents the kind of bad blood that had dogged the family for generations.
By this week’s parsha, Joseph has been through the emotional ringer: from his brothers selling him into slavery, to his meteoric rise in Egypt. Yardenna Bannett, NJ NCSY Senior Specialist, describes the emotional reunion between Joseph and his father Jacob this week. Jacob collapses and says the Shema, but what does this central prayer mean […]
Rabbi Greenberg, the JLIC educator for campuses in Greater Toronto, asks how Jacob could live through the pain of losing his son Joseph and how we too can keep a glimmer of hope even in the darkest times.
As Jacob returns to meet his brother Essau after 22 years, Rabbi Jack Melul of the University of Oregon Hillel and JSU/NCSY in Eugene, Oregon, shares a commentary from Rashi: how did Jacob keep the 613 mitzvot while living with his father-in-law Laban away from Israel? What is the distinction between being able to perform […]
What does it take to trust someone at their word or to trust G-d? Rabbi Ben Gonsher, Director of Institutional Development for Southern NCSY, wonders why Jacob needed to cut a deal with G-d in Parshat Vayeitzei. For Rabbi Gonsher, prayer and tzedakah are key.
Nechama Kamelhar, Director New York NCSY South, shares an interpretation from Rashi explaining how Isaac’s marriage to Rebecca helps to console him about the death of his mother, Sarah in parsha Chayei Sarah.
Rabbi Jon Green, NCSY Camp Sports Director, talks about using Abraham (“Avraham ha-Ivri”, as he is called, literally, Aberham Across The River) as a model for staying faithful to the challenges placed before us while still staying energized about what we do.
How does G-d’s commandment to Abraham differ from Noah’s? Why reach out to those who have fallen away from the community rather than just those in the core? Rabbi Dave Felsenthal, Director of OU NextGen and Founding Director of NCSY Alumni, explores the themes of Jewish unity that are found in Parshat Lech Lecha and […]
Why was Noah’s generation destroyed but the following generation, which dared to build a tower higher than heaven itself, allowed to live? Penny Pazornick, North American Associate Director of Israel Free Spirit Birthright explains an interpretation.