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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 | 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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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Hatred and Healing

Vayeshev: Hatred and Healing

With this week’s Torah portion, we move from Ya’akov story to that of his children.  Just a few verses into the reading, we get an inkling of the trouble ahead: Yosef/Joseph, the firstborn son of Ya’akov’s beloved wife, Rakhel/Rachel, is an arrogant teenaged brat, quick to rat out his older brothers to their father. (Genesis […]

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