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Parshat Mikeitz/Vayigash
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“And they said to each other, “Surely we are guilty over our brother in that we saw his anguish when he appealed to us and we did not listen. Therefore this affliction has come upon us.” (Beresheit 42:21) Teshuva – repentance – is an essential element of Judaism and human perfection. Is teshuva accomplished through […]
Miketz: Ready or Not, Here I Come
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In a “big” parsha of dreams, ascent, drama, turmoil and tears, one “minor ” pasuk looms large: Then Paroh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his clothing and came in unto Paroh.(Bereishis, 41:14) In this verse, with a stunning Seforno insight embellished […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Torah Column, Parshas Miketz (Shabbat Chanukah)
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It is a common scene in the United States at this time of year. The shopping malls, television commercials, and all public venues are transformed visually. As December 25 approaches, we see the evidence that we do indeed live in a predominantly Christian country. Images of Santa Claus and his reindeers, evergreen trees with dazzling decorations, crucifixes illuminated by bright lights, and depictions of the Nativity are everywhere and are inescapable. The sounds of the songs of the season fill the air.
What Gives Yosef the Right?
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Context: At their father’s request, Yosef ’s brothers descend to Egypt to procure food in the face of the famine that has affected the entire region. Together with other foreigners, they appear before Yosef, who is in charge of the sale and distribution of stored provisions. Yosef immediately recognizes his brothers. They, however, fail to […]
Parshat Mikeitz: Yosef’s Torment of his Brothers
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And Yosef was the ruler over the Land and he provided sustenance to the people of the Land. The brothers of Yosef came and they bowed to him – their faces to the ground. (Beresheit 42:6) An overview of the Torah’s description of Yosef’s reintroduction to his brothers and Yosef’s enigmatic plan Parshat Meketz recounts […]
Covenant and Conversation: Speech Therapy
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Vayeshev – 27 November 2010 – 20 Kislev 5771 From Vayeshev to the end of the book of Bereishit we read the story of Joseph and his brothers. From the very beginning we are plunged into a drama of sibling rivalry that seems destined to end in tragedy. All the elements are there. There is […]