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Parashat Noach

Parashat Noach

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date here 2012

Every is familiar with the basic story of Noah.  Noah is one of the people who saw the world before its destruction, survived the actual tragic ending, and saw the world in its rebirth.  We are told of how Noah emerged from the Ark and brought sacrifices to G-d.  Then Noah sets out to plant a vineyard. 

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Parashat Bereishit

Parashat Bereishit

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The story of Adam and Eve’s eating of the forbidden fruit, a major topic in this week’s Torah portion, Bereishis, is perhaps the most famous of Biblical stories. Warned by G-d to refrain from eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge that is in the midst of the Garden of Eden

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jacob-sees-joseph-again-in-egyptParashat Vayechi

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Vayigash

Parashat Vayigash
 
joseph brothers

December 2012

This week’s Sedra starts in the middle of an exciting confrontation.  To recap, Joseph’s brothers have come to Egypt to buy food. Joseph recognizes them and calls them to the palace.  Here, we see that Judah, the leader of the brothers, approaches Joseph (whom he does not recognize) and tells him “You are like Pharaoh.”  The Midrash in Bereishis Rabbah tells us that he had three reasons to say this: for appeasement, prayer and battle.

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Miketz

Parashat Miketz

“At the end of two years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing over the Nile”

Joseph Pharaoh

These words introduce this week’s Sedra, Miketz.  Poor Joseph is stuck in prison.  The Midrash, commenting on the beginning of the sedra, opens with a verse from the book of Job: “He sets an end to darkness”.  What do these words have to do with Pharaoh?  The Midrash answers us by saying that everything has an end, including the trials inflicted on man.  Joseph had to suffer in prison, forgotten by everyone, for twelve seemingly interminable years.  His situation must have appeared almost hopeless.  Only his belief and faith in G-d could help him bear such a cruel ordeal.

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