portion of the week

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayechi 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Joseph fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.”  (Gen. 45:14) This poignant moment when these two brothers are reunited after a separation of twenty-two years is one of the most tender scenes… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Vayechi 5779

Parshat Vayigash: How Do We Approach Others?

Yehuda Shtauber, OTS Deputy Director for Education

Parashat Vayigash: “And Yehuda approached him…” What do we learn about how we approach others?  We are living at a time when human culture not only sanctions freedom of expression and freedom of opinion – two prominent, leading values, it even promotes them. Regretfully, this hasn’t resulted in more profound discourse or mutual listening. Yehuda Shtauber,… Continue Reading Parshat Vayigash: How Do We Approach Others?

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayigash 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Joseph fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.”  (Gen. 45:14) This poignant moment when these two brothers are reunited after a separation of twenty-two years is one of the most tender scenes… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Vayigash 5779

Parshat Miketz: Dreams that Shape Reality

Chana Asis

Parashat Miketz: Dreams that shape reality The greatest visionaries were guided by their dreams. As parents and educators, it is incumbent upon us to explore our children’s and students’ dreams, and at times, to help create those dreams ourselves. Chana Assis, Principal (on sabbatical) of OTS’s Jennie Sapirstein High School in Ramot, Jerusalem  The story of… Continue Reading Parshat Miketz: Dreams that Shape Reality

“Shabbat Shalom” – Miketz 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I had a dream last night, and no one is able to interpret it….” (Gen. 41: 15) There is an unusual symmetry in the portion of Miketz as well as in Vayeshev, both of which deal… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Miketz 5779

Parshat Vayeshev: The Transgression of the Sale of Joseph

Rabbi Shuki Reich - Photographer Rony Nathan

Parashat Vayeshev: The Transgression of the Sale of Joseph There is one sin committed by the progenitors of the people of Israel for which no commemorative date has been set: the sale of Joseph. Rabbi Shuki Reich Rosh Kollel of the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical SeminaryHead of the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership… Continue Reading Parshat Vayeshev: The Transgression of the Sale of Joseph

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayeshev 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –   “And there passed by Midianite merchants, and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver, and they brought Joseph down to Egypt. (Genesis 37:28) Who bears the ultimate responsibility… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Vayeshev 5779

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayishlach 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43) By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him, and they wept.” (Gen. 33:4) Years ago, a college classmate provocatively announced that he planned to name his first son “after the most maligned figure in… Continue Reading “Shabbat Shalom” – Vayishlach 5779