December 29, 2016

In last week’s parsha, we read of the brothers’ hostility to Joseph, how they planned to murder him, and sold him to slavery in Egypt.

We never hear the brothers regret their actions; even after they witness their father’s deep grief.

But then Joseph has the brothers (fa...

December 20, 2016

When we first hear about Joseph, he comes across as an arrogant teenager, a seventeen-year-old who tells tales about his brothers, and brags about dreams in which his siblings and even his parents bow to him.

But this is merely Joseph’s starting point. In time, Joseph g...

December 15, 2016

Our Parsha describes the episode in which Dinah is attacked, raped and abducted, by the crown prince of the City of Sh’khem. The language used depicts the crime in violent terms:

Sh’khem son of Hamor the Hivite, chief of the country, saw her, and took her and lay with h...

December 8, 2016

Here we are, between Black Friday and Channukah; ‘Tis the season to buy things that, quite honestly, many of us simply don’t need! I am not denying that gifts are a way of spreading the love between family and friends, but sometimes, the commercial focus becomes excess...

December 1, 2016

Does birth order matter?

Pop-psychology attributes specific characteristics to the oldest child, middle-child, youngest-child, and many of us feel that these stereotypes ring with some truth.

The topic that stands out in this week's parasha is the "bechora", the "birthri...

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