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  • What Does it Mean to be a Jew? Yehuda, Yosef and God’s Hidden Plan

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    December 18, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    "Vayigash eilav Yehudah, Then Yehudah approached him..." (Breishit 44:18)

    One of the names that the Jewish people are known by is “Yehudim”. Our sages teach us that the word “Yehudim” comes from the word hoda’a, which means simultaneously an “admission, acknowledgment,...

  • Rare Quality

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    June 26, 2008 | 11:30 am

    Being one of the top international best sellers of all time is not an easy spot to maintain, taking into account changing cultures, societies and times. But the Bible possesses this rare quality, which has enabled generation after generation of readers to identify with its heroes and...
  • Your Inner Joseph

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Each of us lives a spiritual journey. One of greatest tasks in life is to know our journey, to understand its contours and what it demands of us. The Torah teaches us these journeys, these paths into our center.

    As Genesis ends this week with Vayechi, Jacob pronounces blessings for...

  • Palestinians Facing Uncertain Future

    By Fadi A. Elsalameen

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Standing in the Muqata, Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah, on his funeral day made me believe that we Palestinians must overcome a hurdle if we are to move forward.

    Our youth face uncertainty, our people feel lost and beaten and our elders are sad to think that their children...

  • Marine Becomes 1st Jewish War Death

    By Joe Berkofsky

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As a young boy, Mark Evnin insisted on wearing a yarmulke to the Boy Scouts and later talked of enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces.

    Now, even without his body, the family of the first known Jewish casualty of the Iraq War is sitting shiva at their home in Burlington, Vt.


  • Captains of Destiny

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion, Shemot, finds us studying the Book of Exodus for the first time this year. Probing the text, I began to think about the Hebrew word tevah (ark) that is found only twice in the Torah -- in parshat Noah and in this one.

    As Rabbi James Mirel once wrote: "There...