Monthly Archives: December 2013

Parshat Vaychi: Did Joseph and his Brothers Reconcile?

In this week’s class we discuss a number of questions: Did the brothers ever truly repent for their actions, and did Joseph ever truly reconcile with them? Why isn’t their reconciliation (or lack thereof) made clear in the text? What … Continue reading

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Channukah: Judaism’s Most Minor ‘Major” Holiday

Channukah is the only ‘major’ holiday in Judaism that has no requirement of eating, drinking or joy.  Why didn’t Chazal make Channukah like Pesach or Sukkot or even Purim? For that matter, why celebrate Channukah at all?  The miracle of … Continue reading

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Parshat Miketz – Why Didn’t Yosef Call Home?

In this week’s class we look at the question of Yosef’s decision not to tell his father he was alive.  After all, Yosef was promoted to a powerful position in Egypt – why not send a message to his beloved … Continue reading

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