* TORAH, HAFTARAH, VAYESHEV, 12 . 13 . 14 Chanukah 2914

تنـــــه   نـــــزن           טאנה  נאזאן     Tanehnazan

Begins 25 Kislev
Ends 2 Tevet or 3 Tevet
Sunset, December 16 to
 nightfall, December 24


Light Up the Night - Fountainheads Hanukkah


* Parashat Vayeshav For Children *


Harav * KOOK * 

Merkaz Harav Institute

Six Commenteries on

 Parahat Vayeshev


Joseph was 17 and a shepherd watching sheep with his brothers. In an evil manner, Joseph reported his brothers' idle talk to his father. But Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons and made him an embroidered coat. When the brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more, they hated him.

Joseph Sold into Egypt 
(watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot

Amos 2:6-3:8
Prophet Amos
Amos warns the people
 "Do not treat the poor unfairly."
In the first half of this week's haftarah, the prophet Amos rebukes Israel for a lengthy list of sins and warns that harsh punishment is on its way.



Punjabi Israel India Dance



In the camp world, we are more about actions than words. Our days are full of learning and exploring through movement and activity. So, I say this Hanukkah season, let’s bring a little bit of this camp spirit into our lives an


Today, I’m going to be talking about family and kinship in Jewish history and within the LGBTQ community. Before I start though, I want to say something about language. I am going to be using the word “queer” today, and I want to acknowledge that it’s a word that may be uncomfortable for some. It is a word that has been filled with pain and violence, and also a word imbued with liberation.


During my seven years in the congregational rabbinate, I had so many people say to me, “I don’t believe in God, and I don’t feel connected to my Judaism. Instead, I believe in science.” Or they would approach me and explain that they saw Judaism and science as separate realms, with no connection between the two.


Kosher slaughter will remain lawful in Poland (Photo: EPA)

One of the earliest existing complete manuscripts of the Hebrew bible, smuggled from Syria (Photo: AP)
One of the earliest existing complete manuscripts 
of the Hebrew bible, smuggled from Syria

Rally against anti-Semitism in Paris suburb of Creteil (Photo: AP)

Rally against anti-Semitism in Paris suburb of Creteil

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