The Jewish View

Ephraim and Menashe: Breaking Tradition & Birth Order

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 Parshat Veyechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26) This week’s Torah portion, Vayechi, starts with Jacob about to die. Joseph, Jacob’s favored son, goes to him with his own...

On Yosef and Chanukah, Specialness and Vulnerability

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My father once pointed out to me a strange reference in a prayer said during the priestly blessing: We ask to be blessed like...
Rabbi Elliot Kaplowitz served as co-Director of the OU Seif Jewish Learning Initiative at Brandeis and as Rabbi in Residence at Beth Tfiloh Congregation before his current position at Congregation Netivot Shalom.

Joseph and Chanukah: A Declaration of Jewish Pride Parshat Miketz (Genesis 41:1–44:17)

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Parshat Miketz tells the story of Joseph’s rise to power in Egypt and the tests he imposes on his brothers. We always read the...
Lev Eisner is a seventh grader at Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS) in Baltimore.

Truth in the Eye of the Interpreter Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23)

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When Joseph is in jail, he interprets dreams for two fellow prisoners, Pharaoh’s former cupbearer and baker. He gives them opposite prophecies: The cupbearer...
Rabbi Hyim Shafner

Finding G-d in the Dark

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In this week’s Torah portion, Vayishlach, Jacob travels with his family back to the land of Israel, away from his uncle Laban’s house, where...

Looking Back, Looking Ahead : Vayetzei

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By Sam Abraham Vayetzei (Genesis 28:10–32:3) My bar mitzvah Torah portion, Vayetzei, is about Jacob’s dream. Jacob runs away from his brother, Esav, after stealing Esav’s...
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Parenting Made Easy Toldot (Genesis 25:19–28:9)

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Mount Everest blindfolded, a three-minute mile, a Mars landing — they are all a piece of cake compared to raising emotionally healthy children. Yet, going...

The Akeida: The Ultimate Test

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At the end of this week’s Torah portion Vayeira, we read about the last of the 10 tests in which G-d tested our forefather...
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A Revolutionary Choice of Words

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Who is the first person in the Torah to say “please”? “Please say you are my sister” (Genesis 12:13). Those words were said by Abraham to...

What’s in a Number?

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This fall, the number eighteen has even more profound connotations, significance and poignancy, since 18 had ties to two autumn events: the Jewish High...