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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,...

  • Torah portion: A lesson in Joseph’s pain

    December 16, 2015 | 9:33 am

    In Parashat Vayigash, we witness the intense climax of the Joseph story, a story that begins in familial jealousy and estrangement and ends in empathy and reunion.

    One message emerging from this tale is that when we hold our own pain and experience deeply, our own grief of loss...

  • Sibling Rivalry

    December 6, 2013 | 8:10 am

    This Shabbat, Jews all over the world are reading Vayigash - a Torah portion that continues the saga of Joseph and his brothers, and the story of sibling rivalry that spiraled way, way out of control. Just to recap: Joseph is the young and favored son of our patriarch Jacob, and...