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Shemot: Nameless Benefactors

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Shemot

Shemot: Nameless Benefactors

This week’s Torah reading is the first in the book of Exodus. Both the book in its entirety and this portion are called “Shemot” in Hebrew. Shemot means “names” and this title is taken from the opening of the first chapter: these are the names of the children of Israel who came to Egypt… (Exodus 1:1) […]

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Vayigash: Life Preservers

In this week’s Torah portion (Vayigash/And he approached), Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers.  As you may recall, these same brothers sold Joseph into slavery and hadn’t seen him since. When a severe famine left them no alternative, they journeyed to Egypt to seek sustenance. Meanwhile, Joseph had attained great power and was now […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Miketz

Miketz: Disturbing Dreams

This week’s reading, Miketz/At the End, opens with Pharaoh’s disturbing dreams. In rapid succession, he dreamed of emaciated cows consumed healthy ones, and then of thin and ragged ears of grain swallowing up full ears. These dreams shook him up. … in the morning, his spirit was troubled and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Vayeshev

Vayeshev: Reserving Judgement

I love teenagers. Yes, babies are adorable, toddlers are cute, and older kids are a lot of fun. But I love spending time with teenagers. I love that I never know whether I’m talking to the kid-in-transition or the adult who is coming into being. I love their enthusiasm and passion. And I love the way they try […]

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