Archive for the Torah Portion Category

Preparing for the Lean Years

Joseph explained to Pharaoh that his dreams were actually warnings from God. Seven years of abundance and plenty were about to begin in Egypt, but they were to be followed by seven years of desperate famine. The solution was to lay up stores during the seven years […]

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A Successful Man

The LORD was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. (Genesis 39:2) As a slave in the house of Potiphar, Joseph should have lived in a state of dejection and bitterness. He had been betrayed […]

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Jacob the Wrestler

In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob is assaulted by an unknown assailant in the darkness of night. Jacob wrestles him down and refuses to let go of his mysterious assailant, even demanding a blessing of him. The assailant asks him, “What is your name?” As Jacob holds […]

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