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  • Biblical numbers, mathematics and attributed patriarchal ages

    By Roger Price

    November 13, 2013 | 12:49 pm

         The Hebrew Bible is filled with numbers. There are different kinds of numbers -- cardinals and ordinals, integers and fractions, even primes. And they are everywhere in the Torah text.

         There are numbers for days and numbers for life spans.

         There are numbers for...

  • Measure for measure: Parashat Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17)

    December 12, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    There are a good many details about the Joseph narratives that elude ready explanation. We absorb them readily and ignore them just as readily. What bearing do they have on Joseph or his brothers? They seem of no connection with the past or with the future. It is fair to claim all...

  • Joseph

    By Emily Stern

    December 7, 2012 | 10:50 am

    This is one way in which Joseph is is a man of Light.

    Here he is working in a home of a very wealthy man. Joseph sticks to his work, and is highly respected but really loved by his boss, Potipher. His boss' attention seems to be totally focused on Joseph.

    "Shortly after" ...

  • Power of words

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    December 5, 2012 | 3:53 pm

    In our age of Facebook and Twitter, we know all too well how fast words can spread. When I was a kid, we played the game telephone, passing a word or phrase around the circle by whispering it into each other’s ear, knowing that by the time it went all the way around, it would...

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  • ‘La Rafle’ recalls Vichy sins

    November 15, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    The biblical book of Exodus begins the ominous story of the Israelites’ descent into slavery with the following words: “A new generation arose” in Egypt that did not know Joseph. Well, a new generation has arisen in France, and they, unlike their parents and certainly their...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 9, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    Beaufort is a 2007 Israeli war film, directed by Joseph Cedar, who stands behind many great Israeli films. The film was co-written by Cedar and Ron Leshem, and is based on Leshem's novel of the same name.


    Beaufort takes place in the year 2000, and tells the story of an IDF unit...

  • All-women ‘Joseph’ a dream come true

    By Orit Arfa

    November 10, 2010 | 9:39 am

    At a recent dress rehearsal at Temple Beth Am for the Jewish Women’s Repertory Company’s (JWRC) November production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Margy Horowitz, the company’s founder, musical director and accompanist, played...

  • Quality of Life

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    December 31, 2008 | 12:50 am

    It was a very brief meeting, and a seemingly peculiar exchange of words. For the first time, the head of the Israelite household -- Jacob -- meets Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.

    The only thing they shared in common was Joseph.

    To Jacob, Joseph was his son, and to Pharaoh, Joseph was...

  • Crossing paths

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    December 18, 2008 | 4:03 am

    A television comedy director on hiatus takes a brief journey to Eastern Europe to look for the birthplaces of her grandparents. While there, she meets a professor documenting the lives of the last remaining shtetl Jews. The professor encourages the director to visit a few of these...
  • Obituaries

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Madeleine Adler died April 13 at 83. She is survived by her daughter, Jackie (Doug) Bristol; son, Robert (Maxine); two grandchildren; and sister, Vera Adler. Malinow and Silverman

    Mollye Polin Aranoff died April 24 at 96. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie (Robert)...

  • Even the subtlest slight deserves a challenge

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It happens to all of us. You are with friends, engaged in small talk, and then someone makes a disparaging comment about a common acquaintance. You didn't see the insult coming, but there it is. It's entered the conversation.

    What should you do? Should you challenge the slight or...

  • Right or Righteous?

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Have you ever dealt with someone who insisted s/he was right -- even smugly so -- while actually being objectively, measurably and completely wrong?

    Now, let me ask a tougher question: Have you ever been that person? If so, you are in good -- and plentiful -- company.

    In this...

  • For Cryin’ Out Loud

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Upon analyzing Vayigash, one of my bar mitzvah students commented: "Joseph sure cries a lot ... it's kinda weird."

    Well put. In fact, Joseph does not simply cry -- he weeps. A lot! "Aloud [so] that all of Egypt and the house of Paro heard."

    He turns on the waterworks upon revealing...

  • Familial Forgiveness

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The syllabus for my USC general education class includes both Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and Chapters 37-50 of Genesis -- the Joseph story or "novella." These two narratives share themes that commend themselves: forgiveness and reconciliation. Both Prospero and Joseph were set...

  • A Portion of Parshat Mikketz

    By Abby Gilad

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Do you remember your dreams? In both last week's and this week's parshot, dreams play a big part in the story. First, Joseph dreams that the sun, the moon and 11 stars are bowing down to him. His 11 brothers get very angry with him. They say, "Is that what you think? That we are...

  • Familial Forgiveness

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The syllabus for my USC general education class includes both Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and chapters 37-50 of Genesis -- the Joseph story or "novella." These two narratives share themes that commend themselves: forgiveness and reconciliation. Both Prospero and Joseph were set upon...

  • Sibling Rivalry

    By Ronnie Friedland

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's a cautionary tale for parents, and one whose message will resonate with children: the new DreamWorks telling of the biblical tale of Joseph in the animated direct-to-video film "Joseph: King of Dreams."In a style similar to that of "The Prince of Egypt," which told the story of...

  • Rich in Spirit

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    There's a Yiddish saying that goes: "I've been poor and I've been rich. Believe me, rich is better!" In the Midrash we read: "Nothing in the universe is worse than poverty; it is the most terrible of sufferings." (Exodus Rabbah 31:14)

    Los Angeles is a city that glitters with gold and...

  • The Image of an Honorable Man

    By Rabbi Janet Ross Marder

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Every summer, my sisters and I, along with our husbands and children, spend a few days with our parents at Red's Meadow resort near Mammoth. The cabins are rustic; the air is bracing; the pace is deliciously unhurried. By now, our visits are a cluster of beloved rituals. One day we...

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