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Parashat Vayigash 5776 / Learning to express our emotions

Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt to get provisions because there was famine in the land of Cannan. They saw Joseph, but they did not recognize him. He, however, recognized them, and Joseph put a number of obstacles in their way, making things quite difficult for his brothers. After several trips by the brothers from Israel to Mitzrayim, there finally came the moment when Joseph could no longer hide his identity.

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Parashat Miketz 5776 / Hanukkah

This coming Shabbat we will still be celebrating the festival of Hanukkah. The parasha of the week is Miketz, which is actually the same parasha we read in most of the Shabbatot within Hanukkah. This is a mere coincidence of the Hebrew calendar, but our sages are always eager to learn something else from these kind apparent coincidences. The question therefore is: Is there a link between parashat Miketz and

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Sermon Parashat Vaietze 5776 / Welcoming Shabbat

This week’s Parasha is Vaietze, which literally means “he left”. It tells the story of our patriarch Jacob leaving the land of Canaan to escape from his brother Esau. After carefully reading the parasha, we found many analogies between the beginning of it and our own lives right now. Please allow us to share with you some of them. This Shabbat we are being formally welcomed by Temple Beth El.

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