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Missing Jacob: Parshat Vayishlach

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 11.26.2016 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Jacob finally returns to Israel but then he waits 2 years before heading to his parents' home. Why did he delay?

Carl Jung, John Lennon and Joseph: The Shadow & the Beautiful Boy (Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27)

Stephen Hazan Arnoff | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Stephen Hazan Arnoff

It was because of this beauty, along with Joseph's attendant arrogance and Jacob's favoritism, that Joseph's brothers hated him with a hatred like a thick, dark shadow eclipsing the light of this dazzling boy.

Women at the Wall: Wrapped in Light Like a Garment

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

The only approach that is left is battle. Women of the Wall will continue to fight, not only for reclaiming the Kotel as public space, but also for all the other issues of religious pluralism in Israel that are so important.

Addressing Famine: Ancient Egypt And Today

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Biblical Joseph's grand food aid program is problematic, to say the least. And, even if well-intentioned, one wonders if some of the United States' current agrarian policies likewise create dependency problems for the countries they are attempting to support.

Torah Maven Ritual: Parshat Vayigash

Aaron Freeman | Posted 03.05.2012 | Religion
Aaron Freeman

In original and fairly outrageous translation of parts of Genesis 46 performed last week at the Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living in Glencoe, Ill.

Parshat Vayigash: When The Souls Descend Into Egypt

Josh Fleet | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Judah approaches him -- God, Joseph, himself, all -- and begs: "Please! My master! I have something to say. Please listen. Please don't be mad, my master."