October 31, 2020 |

Vayigash

VaYigash 5768/2007: "Closer, Come Closer"

An often overlooked message of the Joseph stories is the theology implicit in the way he explains the story to his brothers upon disclosing his identity. Joseph says: "Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come forward to me." And when they came forward, he said, "I am your brother Joseph, he...

Israel is Born in Egypt

i Jacob and his sons come down to Egypt. They are fleeing from famine. This flight begins the time of the Jewish people in that land. And the verse says, <em>And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen…and they took possession of it.</em> * Note how the verse says <em>they....

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

Film director Garry Marshall tells the story of actor Richard Gere taking him to meet the Dalai Lama. Gere introduced Marshall as "the funniest man you ever met." Marshall had no idea how to live up to that and blurted out to the Buddhist spiritual leader, "We're both the same age." The Dalai Lama...

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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