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Miketz: Karma and the Spiritual Path

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Miketz 2016

Miketz: Karma and the Spiritual Path

In this week’s reading (Miketz) the tale of Joseph and his brothers resumes. As you may recall, in last week’s Torah portion, Joseph set out to see his brothers who were pasturing their herds away from the family encampment. Things went downhill pretty quickly, and his brothers sold him into slavery. He ended up in […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Vayeshev 2016

Vayeshev: Seeing the Whole

In this week’s reading Vayeshev, the Torah shifts its focus to the next generation and especially to Jacob’s favorite child, Joseph. In a family of twelve sons from four different mothers, there was bound to be a fair amount of sibling rivalry. But Jacob’s obvious favoritism and Joseph’s (apparent) arrogance certainly exacerbated the situation. Perhaps […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Vayetze 2016

Vayetze: Angels Going Up and Down

This week’s reading (Vayetze) opens with Jacob’s first night on the run from the family he’d betrayed. When the sun had set and he could no longer travel, he lay down to sleep: He dreamed, and behold! A ladder set up on the earth and its top reached the heavens; and behold! Angels of God were […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Toledot 2016

Toledot: The Torah that Wells from Within

Abraham’s son, Isaac, is primarily a passive character in the biblical narrative.  This week’s reading. Toledot, (Generations) includes one of the few examples of Isaac in an active role: Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham as the Philistines had stopped them up after Abraham’s death; he […]

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