December 8, 2023 |


Parshat Miketz: Walkthrough

And so here we are, two years later, and now Pharaoh is also having dreams. He’s standing on the banks of the Nile, and seven healthy cows come up out of the water. They are followed by seven sick-looking cows, who join them on the banks of the Nile. Then the sick cows consume the healthy cows,...

God and the Big City

In our MJE Fellowship class this week, we had a discussion about whether it is easier to love the Jews to death or hate the Jews to death. Certainly, many have tried the direct route of obliterating our bodies, buildings and books. None have succeeded. In the eternal words of Rabbi Chanina ben...

My Weekly Drash (a mini d'var Torah) -- Miketz (3)

As Joseph plays out his elaborate ruse with his brothers, there's a moment where he has something else on his mind. In Parshah Mi-Ketz we read, "He greeted them, and he said, 'How is your aged father of whom you spoke? Is he still in good health?'" (Gen 43:27). The rabbis see this as an example of...

My video divrei Torah on this parasha from youtube Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg

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My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Miketz (2)

As a critic I’m surprised when I notice that one of the major “characters” of the Torah – indeed, the “star” – is absent from the story of Joseph.. Where is God? With Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God is doing things, saying things or, at the very least, sending heavenly messengers. ...

Dreams, Clothes

i When Joseph is young, in his father's house, and he dreams and tells his brothers and father of these dreams, Joseph's father gives him a special coat. Later, Joseph is sent to interpret Pharaoh's dream. Joseph <em>changed his garments</em> to prepare for the dream-meeting. And after Joseph...

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Miketz

The Joseph story which concludes the book of Genesis is unusual in a number of ways. For one thing, it’s the longest, spanning over four parshahs. For another, it’s a story where God doesn’t seem to be a player. God talks directly or through visions to Adam, Noah, and the Patriarchs, but in this...

Got Oil?

My son has a funny and slightly troubling habit of sneaking out of his room after getting tucked in -- funny because he's so insistent on trying, and slightly troubling because he's only 2 and a half. Last night I found him playing at the top of the stairs (having gotten through the child-proof...


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