Torah from Around the World #302

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Grisha Abramovich, Religious Union for Progressive Judaism in the Republic of Belarus; Rabbi of the Sandra Breslauer “Beit Simcha” Center in Minsk. Miracles of our Holiday, our Chapter and our Life Miracles of our Holiday, our Chapter and our Life It may seem that for Hanukkah one should study less than […]

Torah from Around the World #145

( For Spanish text, please click here ) By: Rabbi Pablo Berman, Comunidade Israelita do Parana , Curitiba, Brazil Osnat Bat Potifera: An Unknown Woman Yalkut Shimoni , a compendium of the ancient Midrashim (collected circa 12th century), tells us that: “ Yesh Nashim Giyorot Chasidot ”, there were pious – and I would add, […]

Torah from Around the World #94

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs , President, World Union for Progressive Judaism While I was preparing for my formal installation as President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism at the URJ biennial last week, I draw great inspiration from the teachings of this week’s Torah portion – Miketz. When I study or […]

Torah from Around the World #43

By: Rabbi Tirzah Ben David, Congregation Shir HaTzafon , Copenhagen, Denmark “The Price of Survival” It is ironic, or rather, fitting, that this particular portion of the Joseph story should fall during Chanukah, as it would be hard to find two more disparate examples of how our ancestors have responded to the ‘outside’ world during […]

Torah from Around the World #356

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah, Rabbi of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue , UK Studies in Masculinity The story of Joseph is amongst the most well-known in the Hebrew Bible – a mini novella, occupying the last four parashiyot of the Torah – Vayeishev, Mikeitz, Vayigash and Vayechi (Genesis 37:1-50:26). At its heart […]

Torah from Around the World #301

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Fred Morgan, Emeritus Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel , Melbourne / Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University A man came upon him wandering in the fields. The man asked him, “What are you seeking?” He said, “I am seeking my brothers….” The story of Joseph is one of the most unsettling in Torah. […]

Torah from Around the World #194

Recent Issues Succeeding Beyond all Expectations ב וַיְהִי יְהוָה אֶת-יוֹסֵף וַיְהִי אִישׁ מַצְלִיחַ וַיְהִי בְּבֵית אֲדֹנָיו הַמִּצְרִי ג וַיַּרְא אֲדֹנָיו כִּי יְהוָה אִתּוֹ וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר-הוּא עֹשֶׂה יְהוָה מַצְלִיחַ בְּיָדוֹ ד וַיִּמְצָא יוֹסֵף חֵן בְּעֵינָיו וַיְשָׁרֶת אֹתוֹ וַיַּפְקִדֵהוּ עַל-בֵּיתוֹ וְכָל-יֶשׁ-לוֹ נָתַן בְּיָדוֹ (בראשית לט: ב-ד) “ The Lord was with Joseph and he was a successful […]

Torah from Around the World #144

By: Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum, rabbi of String of Pearls – Jewish reconstructionist congregation of Princeton, NJ, and member of JWI’s Clergy Task Force on Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community Recent Issues Who grows and changes most in the Joseph saga? The last four parshiot of Genesis – beginning with this week’s parsha, VaYeshev – […]

Torah from around the world #93

Recent Issues By: Rabbi Alona Lisitsa , HUC-JIR Jerusalem, Rabbinic Internship and Mentoring – Israeli Rabbinic program; Liturgy and Rabbinic Texts – YII program The weekly portion, Veyeshev, starts with the story of Joseph’s youth and ends with him being imprisoned in Egypt. The major part of the weekly portion tells us about Joseph and his relationships […]

On Parashat Vayeshev, Joseph and the Maccabees, Emancipation and Chanukkah

Chanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev because that was the day of the re-dedication of the Temple according to the Book of Maccabees. The coincidence of the Maccabee victory being recorded as having taken place on the Shabbat on which we hear hearing about Joseph is just that, a coincidence.