“I Seek my Brethren”

Gabi Raiss Former Shaliach in Cape Town (2001-2002) Currently Tour Guide in The David’s Citadel Museum   One of the most difficult questions about Josef, is why didn’t he inform his father that he was in Egypt. One may say that while he was in prison...

Assuming Responsibility

“And Yaakov dwelt in the land of his father’s sojournings…” (Breishit 37:1) In his explanation on this pasuk, Rashi cites the Midrash: “[When] Yaakov sought to dwell in tranquility, the troubles of Yosef sprang upon him. The righteous seek to dwell in...

Women in Tanach – Tamar

I was once invited for a meal at a Rabbi’s house. He opened up the conversation with a question: If you could meet a Jewish hero from any time period, who would you ask to meet and why? I, wishing to be different maybe, chose Tamar. Tamar is married to Yehuda’s son...

The Reality of Dreams

Yehoshua Goldring Kansas City 2003-2005   Joseph, the ambitious protagonist of the final four readings of Genesis, is the “master of dreams”. In addition to his own two dreams of future greatness, Joseph is called upon to interpret four more dreams:...

Of Jews And Josephs

It was a normal day in Oxford. A retired professor, partially inebriated, sat on the sidewalk outside a store. On seeing my kippa, he exclaimed loudly in excellent Latin, “Ave Judea”, Hail to the Jew. Why are we called Jews? We all know that the name...

From Dreamer to Master of Dreams

      Emanuel Elstein Former Shaliach in Washington (2003-4) and Memphis (2010-12) Currently CFO at World Torah MiTzion   While this is not the first time we have encountered dreams in Sefer Bereshit, Yosef’s narrative is unique in the...

Engaging Heaven and Earth – 5767

Rabbi Boaz Genut Former Rosh Kollel in St. Louis Former Executive Director of Torah Mitzion Currently Director of the Department of Marriage and Community Affairs at Tzohar   The menorah is the heart of Chanukah. Why? The menorah mentions to us the Menorah which...

The Episode of Tamar – 5766

Rabbi Moshe Pinchuk Former Rosh Kollel (Melbourne, 1998-2001) Currently Head of the Beit Midrash in Netanya College   The motives of the heroes in the story of Judah and Tamar are elusive. Judah, Prince of the tribes how is it that he so swiftly succumbed to a...

Selling Joseph for a Pair of Shoes – 5765

This week’s Haftarah opens with the prophet Amos speaking to the Jewish people. “Three crimes did Israel commit but the fourth I cannot forgive, that they sold a righteous and poor person for money in order to [buy] shoes” The commentators on the verse in Amos explain...