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And Out Come the Wolves: Parashat Va-Yehi 5782

**Trigger warning: sexual assault and violence** It’s altogether fitting that we read Parashat Va-Yehi, the last portion in the Book of Genesis, this Shabbat, as we approach the end of the secular year. Endings are always meaningful opportunities to reflect … Continue reading

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‘Going Negative’: Joseph Rallies His Base

The opening verses of this week’s Torah portion, Va-Yeshev (“He Settled”), teach us of Jacob’s special love for his son Joseph. Jacob’s preference fuels his other sons’ hatred of Joseph, which results in their selling Joseph into slavery and, in a heart-wrenching … Continue reading

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The Whole and the Holy – Parashat Toldot 2011

Last week, I had the extraordinary opportunity to attend a meeting of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.  The CJLS is a group of Conservative rabbis – including our very own Rabbi Stein – who are experts in halakhah, … Continue reading

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