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Rabbi Bolton’s Parsha Story: Parshas Miketz / Mikeitz (for 5769)

Posted on December 26, 2008. Filed under: A Parsha Story, a Rabbi Bolton Story, a Rabbi Tuvia Bolton Story, Happy Channukah, Jewish Customs, Jewish traditions, Miketz, Parshas Mikeitz, Parshas Miketz, Parshat Hashavua, Parshat Hashavuah, Parshat Mikeitz, Rabbi Bolton Stories, Rabbi Bolton Story, Rabbi Tuvia Bolton Story, Story by Rabbi Bolton, The Parshah Story, The Truth, Torah, Torah is THE Truth, True, Truth, Weekly Parsha, Weekly Parshah, Weekly sedra, Weekly Sedrah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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A Parsha Story by:

Rabbi Tuvia Bolton of OhrTmimim.Org/torah

On this week’s Parsha:

Mikeitz – 5769

This week’s Torah section tells the story of a truly unfortunate Jew by the name of Josef who became the ruler of Egypt, and eventually the entire world, because he knew how to interpret dreams.

The Bible is supposed to teach about Judaism and how it is the best religion. Why pick a hero that was hated by his brothers, enslaved in Egypt imprisoned for life and saved only by his dream reading abilities? What is the Torah trying to tell us? What is so great about interpreting dreams?

Also, this Shabbat we are still in the holiday of Chanukah. Is there any connection?

To understand this here is a story (The Storyteller vol. 1 pg. 271).

World War Two was a tragedy for all mankind, but especially for European Jewry. Millions were killed for no reason except that they were Jews and millions more suffered terribly.

One of those in the last category was Hershel. The story doesn’t state his last name but it really isn’t important (I once heard it said that all the six million Jews that were killed were really the same Jew).

Hershel was a religious Jew, born and raised in Czechoslovakia and educated in the finest Torah Academies. When the Germans conquered his country in late 1939 he was one of the ‘lucky’ ones to be sent to a working camp and not to a concentration camp to be exterminated.

Hershel was a good worker; he took orders, cared about the other workers and even kept their morale up… so the Nazis didn’t kill him. But what really kept him alive were his Tefillin. (Phylacteries).

As soon as he was taken into captivity he made a firm resolution that no matter what he would keep his Tefillin and put them on every day that he possibly could.

At first he tried to keep it a secret and put them on when and where no one would notice him but when it became known to the other prisoners they also expressed a desire to do the commandment. Eventually it got the point that they would line up every morning; each prisoner taking no more than one minute to put on Tefillin and say a short prayer. They even bribed one of the guards by giving him parts of their precious rations so that he would tell them when a raid or a search was coming so they could hide them.

So it continued for several years; miracles after miracles.

Once Hershel had to hide them in the snow behind the bunker and it took several hours of the combined efforts of several prisoners to find them.

Another time he had a feeling to take them with him for work. Usually after everyone had put them on he would hide them before everyone was herded out to work. But one morning Hershel had a crazy feeling that he should take the Tefillin with him to his work assignment although they were bulky and hard to conceal. But in the end it proved to be a blessing.

The Germans announced at the end of that day that they weren’t returning to the barracks and decided to keep the Jews in the same place for the next six months! Were it not for his premonition no one in the group would have put on Tefillin for a half a year!

From then on, even when they were forced to dig trenches under enemy fire, Hershel kept his Tefillin in his pockets. He was sure that as long as he had them he would outlive his tormentors and he was right.

In 1943 the Germans began lose the war and to retreat and it was in this time of disorder somewhere in the Carpathian Mountains that he and ten others decided to make a break.
One night hundreds of prisoners slipped off into the thick forests (it seems that everyone got the same idea at once) and tried to disappear.

The Nazis, despite the fact that they themselves were fleeing for their lives from the Russian forces, sent out special squads to search and destroy the Jewish escapees. Some were apprehended and killed but Hershel and his friends somehow managed to hew out a deep underground bunker where they hid from the Nazis over six months daring to venture outside only under the cover of darkness. But miraculously some of the nearby villagers had mercy on them and provided them food and they were able to survive.

They had many close calls. Once a patrol passed over their heads and a German dog even entered the narrow tunnel that was their entrance. But for some unexplainable reason the dog turned back without even barking and they were saved. The war was still raging; many areas were still under the German occupation and the holocaust was still going full steam but it was clear that it was only a matter of time.

Eventually even the Germans had to withdraw from the area and Hershel and friends were able to leave their hiding place and move to Romania which had been in the hands of the Red Army since August of 1944.

Hershel joined one of the many Jewish rescue groups there and was given the task, along with several other young men, of going to outlaying towns and villages in search of Jewish children and bring them to Bucharest.

He threw himself into the job heart and soul but will never forget one incident that saved his life.

It happened when he together with a friend were bringing a group of homeless children they had found, by train back to Bucharest. The train had left Debretzin and was speeding towards Grossvardein when he suddenly felt the need to get some fresh air. He stood in the open area between the two cars when the train turned a sharp curve. Hershel was standing on the open platform of the train clutching his small valise in which he kept his Tefillin when the train swerved, then suddenly lurched forward and caught him by surprise. He lost his balance and grabbed a piece of metal at the last moment to keep him from falling. But the valise flew out of his hands and went rolling down a hill and away from the train!

Hershel was horrified. All thorough the war he had guarded his Tefillin at the risk of his life and now he had lost them!

He immediately ran back into the train car and told his friend the horrible news; he decided to get off at the next station and walk back to search for his Tefillin.

His friend tried to dissuade him, to convince him how foolish it was; it would mean days of walking. He even begged him not to risk his life by wandering alone… but to no avail.

Suddenly the train screeched to a halt; a red signal light flashed on the tracks indicating that something was wrong and Hershel took the opportunity to jump off the train and run back to search for his Tefillin.

A few hours later he spotted his little valise in the distance, thanked G-d, rushed to it, picked it up and hugged it with delight.

Meanwhile the train had resumed its journey and he realized that he had to get to Grossvardein as fast as possible. There was no chance that he could catch up with the children but at least he could catch a train there that would take him to Bucharest.

Hershel walked as fast as he could hoping to catch a train in the next town to Grossvardein but to his dismay he discovered that the trains had stopped and he had no choice than to walk the entire distance by foot to Grossvardein a distance of some three days!!

But three days later when he arrived in Grossvardien and bought a ticket to Bucharest he was in for another surprise. As he was about to board the train someone grabbed his arm to stop him; he turned to see a friend; one of the group that had escaped from the Nazis with him.

“Hershel!” he said in amazement, “I don’t believe you are still here! It’s a miracle!! Listen, don’t go to Bucharest! It is a miracle that you are still alive!”

It seems that the Communists had taken control of Bucharest with a heavy hand and had arrested everyone that looked ‘counterrevolutionary’ or, in other words, religious. Thousands had been rounded up for ‘correction’ and Russian agents were waiting of him near his hotel room to arrest him as soon as he arrived.

Hershel grasped his friend’s hand and said gratefully, “Thank G-d that my valise fell out of the train and that I went back for it! Otherwise I would be a dead man!”


His friend thought Hershel had gone mad. What could his valise have to do with this? But when Hershel took him aside and explained what happened, his friend remained silent for a few moments and hesitantly said,

“Hershel, I haven’t put on Tefillin today, can I put on yours?”

Hershel gave him his Tefillin and left him for a few minutes to pray on his own, but when he returned he noticed that his friend’s eyes were still wet from tears.

“I must tell you the truth” His friend said in a very serious tone. “Since the Nazis killed my family and sent me to the camp I stopped putting on Tefillin. The Germans took everything I had away! Everything… I thought even my Jewish soul! Since then I gave up! I said I’d never put on again. But now I heard your story I decided that not acting Jewish would be like giving in to them… to Hitler! Hershel, I’m not going to do that! From now on you can be sure I will never again miss putting on Tefillin!”

This answers our questions.

Sometimes the only way to reveal the truth is under pressure. This is the story of Josef and the story of Chanukah: only in times of difficulty is the true innerness of the soul revealed. Just as only when the olive is crushed, does pure oil come-out.

In other words it comes to teach us that the future is not determined by the past. If Josef, the Maccabees or Hershel in our story would have thought about the terrible situation they were in and how they got there the world would have remained terrible.

If we want to really make a positive change in the world (and that is what the Jews were chosen for; to make the world a blessed, happy, meaningful place) we have to concentrate only on doing what is true in the present as we saw in our story and look at the past only as a dream that must be interpreted positively.

As King David said regarding the arrival of Moshiach who will bring the entire world to be aware of G-d and return all the Jews to the Holy Land, “We will realize that (during the exile) we were like dreamers.” (Psalm 126:1)

Then G-d will show us miracles as he did to Hershel, to the Maccabees in Chanukah and to Josef in our Torah portion.

As the prophet says (Micah 7:15) “As it was when you left Egypt; G-d will show you miracles”

It all depends on us to do, say or even think positively NOW and G-d will do the rest and send…

Moshiach NOW!!



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Parsha in a Nutshell – Parshas Miketz / Mikeitz

Posted on December 26, 2008. Filed under: 15041578, A Parsha Story, Happy Channukah, Jewish Customs, Jewish traditions, Miketz, Parshas Mikeitz, Parshas Miketz, Parshat Hashavua, Parshat Hashavuah, Parshat Mikeitz, The Parsha in a Nutshell, The Parshah in a Nutshell, The Truth, Torah, Torah is THE Truth, True, Truth, Weekly Parsha, Weekly Parshah, Weekly sedra, Weekly Sedrah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Parshah in a Nutshell

(A Summary of the Parsha Story)

Brought to you by:

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On this week’s Parsha:

Miketz (AKA: Mikeitz)

Genesis 41:1-44:17

The Parshah in a Nutshell

Miketz

Genesis 41:1-44:17

Joseph‘s imprisonment finally ends when Pharaoh dreams of seven fat cows that are swallowed up by seven lean cows, and of seven fat ears of grain swallowed by seven lean ears. Joseph interprets the dreams to mean that seven years of plenty will be followed by seven years of hunger, and advises Pharaoh to store grain during the plentiful years. Pharaoh appoints Joseph governor of Egypt. Joseph marries Asenat, daughter of Potiphar, and they have two sons, Menasseh and Ephraim.

Famine spreads throughout the region, and food can be obtained only in Egypt. Ten of Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to purchase grain; the youngest, Benjamin, stays home, for Jacob fears for his safety. Joseph recognizes his brothers, but they do not recognize him; he accuses them of being spies, insists that they bring Benjamin to prove that they are who they say they are, and imprisons Shimon as a hostage. Later, they discover that the money they paid for their provisions has been mysteriously returned to them.

Jacob agrees to send Benjamin only after Judah assumes personal and eternal responsibility for him. This time Joseph receives them kindly, releases Shimon, and invites them to an eventful dinner at his home. But then he plants his silver goblet, purportedly imbued with magic powers, in Benjamin’s sack. When the brothers set out for home the next morning they are pursued, searched, and arrested when the goblet is discovered. Joseph offers to set them free and retain only Benjamin as his slave.



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Fourth Night of Channukah is almost here…

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Tonight, 27th of Kislev (this year on December 24th, 2008) is the 4th NIGHT of Channukah

For the 4th NIGHT, we put 4 Candles from Right to

Left, PLUS 1 for the Shamash in the MIDDLE and

ABOVE all the rest to set it apart!!!



We light the Shamash first and we say the Blessings and then,

to Usher in the NEW light, we light the one from the left, first and then, the other one…

So, we Place them from Right to Left and we light them from Left to Right!!!

How To Light the Menorah

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A few things to remember:

Light up when?

Right after night-fall, once it’s dark outside (aside for Friday afternoon, when the candles are lit shortly before sunset).

Light up what?

The Menorah or holder used for lighting the lights should be attractive and clean. All 8 Chanukah lights need to be lined up on the same level, BUT the Shamash candle must be separate!


The preferred way to fulfill the mitzvah of lighting the Channukah Menorah is to use pure olive oil and wicks of cotton, just like the Menorah in the Holy Temple.

Nevertheless, other types of oils, wicks and candles may be used, as long as they give a steady light!

Light up how?

We place candles in the Menorah from right to left, but we light the candles from left to right.


On the first night we light one candle on the right side.

On the second night we light the new, candle first, starting from the left and moving to the right.

We continue this way every night of Chanukah, adding a candle each night.

Follow the Leader!

The Chanukah candles can NOT be used to light each other, which is why we use the Shamash Candle to light the Menorah.

The Shamash is NOT one of the 8 Chanukah candles, so we set it in a place above the rest (Or in the Middle and above the rest). The Shamash can be made out of sweet-smelling beeswax.

The lights of the Chanukah candles are special – only for looking at, NOT for using. It is good for the eyes – and the soul!

Light up for how-long?

The Channukah candles are supposed to burn for at least a half hour.

On Friday-night, though, we have to light them before it gets dark and Shabbat comes in.

We generally use more oil, or bigger candles on Friday, so that the candles will stay burning, well into Shabbat!

Step 1: Insert the candles starting from the RIGHT to left.  On the first night, the RIGHT-most candle is lit.

On the second, the two candles are set from RIGHT to left and the one that is the new one (like the 2nd night, the 1st from left is lit first) on the right are lit, etc.

Step 2: Light the Shamash (Servant Candle).

Step 3: Recite the Blessings (See Below).

Step 4: Using the Shamash, in the middle, Light the candles starting on the Left

(lighting tonight’s “new” candle first).


*** So, remember: To Set from
RIGHT to left. BUT,

to Light tonight’snew” candle first ***

Blessings for lighting the Menorah

On Every Night, Recite BOTH of the following Blessings:


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Transliteration:

1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.

2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-tei-nu ba-ya-mim ha-heim bi-zman ha-zeh.

Translation:

1. Blessed are You, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.

2. Blessed are You, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.

On the first night Add

(OR IF it is the 1st Night that you are lighting for this year):


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3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-hechi-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Translation:

3. Blessed are You, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Another more important thing to remember:

Your participation in a Public Menorah-Lighting and/or Celebration does NOT fulfill your obligation of performance of the Mitzvah of Lighting your Menorah in your home

That means:

If you went to someone’s home

OR

went to a Public Menorah Lighting

OR

If you went to a party where they lit the Menorah,

you STILL NEED to:

Go HOME and Light your own Menorah in your own home!!!

Plus:

Ladies who have NO Husband or Son in their home,

Still:

NEED to light their Menorah by themselves



Happy Chanukah!

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Channukah Story by Rabbi Tuvia Bolton of Ohr Ha T’mimim

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A Parsha Story by:

Rabbi Tuvia Bolton of OhrTmimim.Org/torah

Channukah Story:

Chanukah – 5765

This week’s section always coincides with the holiday of Chanukah.

‘Mikaitz’ means ‘At the end’ and refers to the end of Joseph’s imprisonment. But it also hints at Moshiach and the raising of the dead.

In fact, so do Yosef’s release and Chanukah.

First of all; all of them, Moshiach, Yosef’s release and Chanukah are miracles without precedence and totally above nature, but they affect the entire world.

Yosef’s miraculous rise from prison to become ruler of the entire world is like Moshiach who will elevate the Jews from exile, spiritually rule the world and eventually raise the dead.

Chanukah, with its amazing victory and discovery of one vial of pure oil that lit for eight days is like ‘Moshiach’ (which means ‘anointed with oil’) who will defeat the enemies of Judaism and illuminate the world with the ‘oil’ (deepest secrets) of the Torah (See Rashi on Song of Songs 1:2).

[The essence of the Torah is likened to oil because it floats ‘above’ even the spiritual while simultaneously permeating the entire creation; as oil floats above all liquids and permeates all solids.]

And the number eight hints at revelation above nature (above the seven days of creation) that will accompany Moshiach. The harp of Moshiach will have eight strings. Moshiach will bring the circumcision of our hearts and circumcision is connected to the number eight.

But what does all this mean to us?

The story of Chanukah occurred over 2,000 years ago and that of Yosef some 2,000 years before that!

And even if they can be connected to Moshiach, so what?

Moshiach will happen when G-d wants it to.

What has it all got to do with us?

To understand all this here is a story:

In 1927 the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn was imprisoned by Stalin’s police and sentenced to death as the arch enemy of communism.

But like Yosef in this week’s Torah section, he was also miraculously exiled, then released, to become the leading force in world Judaism.

He moved from Russia to Riga, Latvia in 1928 then again in 1940 to Brooklyn N.Y. where he began what became today’s outreach T’shuva movement that is saving the world.

But what pained him most was that he was forced to leave his Chassidim behind at the mercy of Stalin’s deadly and viciously anti-Semitic police network. There was literally no way they could cross the Iron Curtain between the U.S.S.R. and the rest of the world to see him.

But there are always miracles.

In the year 1945 in the city of Somerkand (in the communist satellite country Bukhara not far from Iran) a large group of Chabad Chassidim were celebrating Simchat-Torah (the eight and most joyous day in the holiday of Succot) with a Chassidic ‘Farbrengen’.

A farbrengen is a VERY informal Chabad Chassidic gathering around a table with much vodka, deep soul-stirring speeches, stories and singing.

But in Somerkand, although it was far from the center of Russia, there was still ample reason to worry; the sword of death was waiting in every corner. Informers, secret police, and soldiers were everywhere and Chabad Chassidim were officially public enemy number one.

Nevertheless, tonight these Chassidim didn’t worry. They only cared about one thing… seeing the Rebbe again.

The Rebbe was like their Moses!

Jews without the Rebbe become selfish; without joy, without brotherly love; obsessed with reward and punishment. Look what happened at Mount-Sinai when the Jews thought Moses wasn’t going to come back. They turned to idolatry and worshiped the Golden Calf, just forty days after they heard G-d Himself forbid it!!

But there were other topics as well. The Chassidim talked about loving G-d, about serving G-d, about learning Torah. They brought interesting stories to drive their points home and sang deep Chassidic songs to open their minds and inflame their hearts.

But a few didn’t want to sit. In fact one of most respected Chassidim, Reb Nisson Neminov, stood up and began dancing! It was Simchat-Torah! A few Chassidim stood up and began with him. Dancing with the Torah and dancing for redemption, for freedom, for the Rebbe!! The Moses of our generation – the Moshiach of our generation!!

Then someone pounded on the table and most of the Chassidim sat back down for some more serious talk.

But Reb Nisson didn’t. He took a few chairs put them in a row, sat on one and announced joyously “Who wants to take the train to the Rebbe!? Choo Chooooo!! We’re going to the Rebbe ‘ChooCHOOOO!”

The other Chassidim didn’t catch his spirit. In fact this foolishness and noise annoyed them and they tried to tell him so; to get him to quiet him down and back to the table but it didn’t work.

“Come! ChOO CHOOOO!” Reb Nissan called out as he pushed the chairs around the room. “Who wants to go to the Rebbe!!”

But the Rebbe was thousands of miles away and they were hopelessly locked in Russia. How could this nonsense possibly help? They didn’t even want to think about it, it made them sad. They were deeply involved in their Farbrengen and he was disturbing.

“Come and join me!” yelled Reb Nisson. “Don’t you want to see the Rebbe? We have to do all we can, no matter how crazy! Choo ChOOOO!!”

A few of the Chassidim were wild enough to join ‘the Rebbe train’ and also stood up and began pushing the chairs around the room yelling “Choo Choo, we’re going to the Rebbe!!” while the others just tried to ignore the nonsense.

But a few months later an interesting thing happened.

A small escape route opened from Lemburg to Warsaw by taking a train with forged Polish passports. It was very dangerous, expensive and very erratic. Some departures were arranged and announced only moments beforehand and many Jews got caught, sent back, lost all their money and even got severely punished.

So needless to say, few were willing to take the chance even if they had the funds for the trip, and not everyone that traveled actually made it to freedom.

But, lo and behold, ALL the Chassidim that participated in Reb Nemeoff’s crazy ‘Rebbe Train’ made it out! Each and every one of them! And actually got to see the Rebbe!! While those who were ‘normal’ were not as fortunate.

This is the lesson of Yosef and of Chanukah to us.

Although things seem to be dark and impossible we must always try to get on the ‘train’ of optimism and that very optimism will open the door to Divine assistance. Just as Yosef never lost hope of leaving prison and the Maccabees were optimistic in the face of impossible odds.

And without their optimism there certainly would have been no miraculous results.

The only catch is that there must be a worthy and a true goal: Yosef believed his dreams would be fulfilled and the Maccabees believed that G-d did not want a ‘normal’ Jewish race.

[The Greeks didn’t destroy the Temple or even spill out the oil of the Menorah. They even supported Torah learning and the observance of the commandments. Their goal was not to destroy Judaism but to normalize it; that it should be spiritual like all the other religions but NOT G-dly. They didn’t want crazy Jews like Yosef, the Maccabees or those on Reb Nisson’s Train].

And our goal is the most true, worthy and optimistic of all; bringing Moshiach.

Moshiach will, like Yosef, change the entire world and like the Maccabees defeat all the enemies of truth. He will teach all mankind to know the Creator, bring peace, health and prosperity to the entire world, put an end to all suffering and eventually even raise the dead. Heaven on earth.

But it all depends on us.

The only way to make it all happen is to learn from Yosef and the Maccabees: in the language of Chassidut; “Sh’toot D’Kedusha”.

We must be ‘crazy’ about Moshiach; learn about Moshiach, teach about Moshiach and do all we can to bring Moshiach one instant earlier.

Only then will we bring the true END of darkness and fill the world with the light of…

Moshiach NOW!!



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Tonight is the 3rd Night of Channukah

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Tonight, 26th of Kislev (this year on December 23rd, 2008) is the 3rd NIGHT of Channukah

For the 3rd Night, we put 3 Candles from Right to Left, PLUS 1 for the Shamash in the MIDDLE and ABOVE all the rest to set it apart!!!


We light the Shamash first and we say the Blessings and then,

to Usher in the NEW light, we light the one from the left, first and then, the other one…

So, we Place them from Right to Left and we light them from Left to Right!!!

How To Light the Menorah

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A few things to remember:

Light up when?

Right after night-fall, once it’s dark outside (aside for Friday afternoon, when the candles are lit shortly before sunset).

Light up what?

The Menorah or holder used for lighting the lights should be attractive and clean. All 8 Chanukah lights need to be lined up on the same level, BUT the Shamash candle must be separate!


The preferred way to fulfill the mitzvah of lighting the Channukah Menorah is to use pure olive oil and wicks of cotton, just like the Menorah in the Holy Temple.

Nevertheless, other types of oils, wicks and candles may be used, as long as they give a steady light!

Light up how?

We place candles in the Menorah from right to left, but we light the candles from left to right.


On the first night we light one candle on the right side.

On the second night we light the new, candle first, starting from the left and moving to the right.

We continue this way every night of Chanukah, adding a candle each night.

Follow the Leader!

The Chanukah candles can NOT be used to light each other, which is why we use the Shamash Candle to light the Menorah.

The Shamash is NOT one of the 8 Chanukah candles, so we set it in a place above the rest (Or in the Middle and above the rest). The Shamash can be made out of sweet-smelling beeswax.

The lights of the Chanukah candles are special – only for looking at, NOT for using. It is good for the eyes – and the soul!

Light up for how-long?

The Channukah candles are supposed to burn for at least a half hour.

On Friday-night, though, we have to light them before it gets dark and Shabbat comes in.

We generally use more oil, or bigger candles on Friday, so that the candles will stay burning, well into Shabbat!

Step 1: Insert the candles starting from the RIGHT to left.  On the first night, the RIGHT-most candle is lit.

On the second, the two candles are set from RIGHT to left and the one that is the new one (like the 2nd night, the 1st from left is lit first) on the right are lit, etc.

Step 2: Light the Shamash (Servant Candle).

Step 3: Recite the Blessings (See Below).

Step 4: Using the Shamash, in the middle, Light the candles starting on the Left

(lighting tonight’s “new” candle first).


*** So, remember: To Set from
RIGHT to left. BUT,

to Light tonight’snew” candle first ***

Blessings for lighting the Menorah

On Every Night, Recite BOTH of the following Blessings:


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Transliteration:

1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.

2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-tei-nu ba-ya-mim ha-heim bi-zman ha-zeh.

Translation:

1. Blessed are You, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.

2. Blessed are You, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.

On the first night Add

(OR IF it is the 1st Night that you are lighting for this year):


bracha-shehecheyanu-1

3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-hechi-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Translation:

3. Blessed are You, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Another more important thing to remember:

Your participation in a Public Menorah-Lighting and/or Celebration does NOT fulfill your obligation of performance of the Mitzvah of Lighting your Menorah in your home

That means:

If you went to someone’s home

OR

went to a Public Menorah Lighting

OR

If you went to a party where they lit the Menorah,

you STILL NEED to:

Go HOME and Light your own Menorah in your own home!!!

Plus:

Ladies who have NO Husband or Son in their home,

Still:

NEED to light their Menorah by themselves



Happy Chanukah!


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Happy Channukah – How To light the Menorah for 2nd Night of Channukah

Posted on December 22, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Tonight, 25th of Kislev (this year on December 22, 2008) is the 2nd NIGHT of Channukah

For the 2nd Night, we put 2 Candles from Right to Left, PLUS 1 for the Shamash

We light the Shamash first and then,

to Usher in the NEW light, we light the one from the left, first and then, the other one…

So, we Place them from Right to Left and we light them from Left to Right!!!


Happy Chanukah!

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Happy Channukah – How To light the Menorah

Posted on December 21, 2008. Filed under: Blessings for Lighting the Menorah, Channukah, First Night of Channukah, Happy Cannukah - How To light the Menorah, How to Light the Menorah, Menorah Lighting Blessings | Tags: , , , , , |

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How To Light the Menorah

Brought to you by:

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A few things to remember:

Light up when?

Right after nightfall, once it’s dark outside (aside for Friday afternoon, when the candles are lit shortly before sunset).

Light up what?

The Menorah or holder used for lighting the lights should be attractive and clean. All 8 Chanukah lights need to be lined up on the same level, BUT the Shamash candle must be separate!


The preferred way to fulfill the mitzvah of lighting the Channukah Menorah is to use pure olive oil and wicks of cotton, just like the Menorah in the Holy Temple.

Nevertheless, other types of oils, wicks and candles may be used, as long as they give a steady light!

Light up how?

We place candles in the Menorah from right to left, but we light the candles from left to right.


On the first night we light one candle on the right side.

On the second night we light the new, candle first, starting from the left and moving to the right.

We continue this way every night of Chanukah, adding a candle each night.

Follow the Leader!

The Chanukah candles can NOT be used to light each other, which is why we use the Shamash Candle to light the Menorah.

The Shamash is NOT one of the 8 Chanukah candles, so we set it in a place above the rest. The Shamash can be made out of sweet-smelling beeswax.

The lights of the Chanukah candles are special – only for looking at, NOT for using. It is good for the eyes – and the soul!

Light up how long?

The Channukah candles are supposed to burn for at least a half hour.

On Friday-night, though, we have to light them before it gets dark and Shabbat comes in.

We generally use more oil, or bigger candles on Friday, so that the candles will stay burning, well into Shabbat!

Step 1: Insert the candles starting from the RIGHT to left.  On the first night, the RIGHT-most candle is lit.

On the second, the two candles are set from RIGHT to left and the one that is the new one (like the 2nd night, the 1st from left is lit first) on the right are lit, etc.

Step 2: Light the Shamash (Servant Candle).

Step 3: Recite the Blessings (See Below).

Step 4: Using the Shamash, in the middle, Light the candles starting on the Left

(lighting tonight’s “new” candle first).


*** So, remember: To Set from
RIGHT to left. BUT,

to Light tonight’snew” candle first ***

Blessings for lighting the Menorah

On Every Night, Recite BOTH of the following Blessings:


channukah-first-2-brachos

Transliteration:

1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.

2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-tei-nu ba-ya-mim ha-heim bi-zman ha-zeh.

Translation:

1. Blessed are You, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.

2. Blessed are You, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.

On the first night Add

(OR IF it is the 1st Night that you are lighting for this year):


bracha-shehecheyanu-1

3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-hechi-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Translation:

3. Blessed are You, L-o-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Another more important thing to remember:

Your participation in a Public Menorah-Lighting and/or Celebration does NOT fulfill your obligation of performance of the Mitzvah of Lighting your Menorah in your home

That means:

If you went to someone’s home

OR

went to a Public Menorah Lighting

OR

If you went to a party where they lit the Menorah,

you STILL NEED to:

Go HOME and Light your own Menorah in your own home!!!

Plus:

Ladies who have NO Husband or Son in their home,

Still:

NEED to light their Menorah by themselves

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Happy Chanukah!

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“Religion Vs. Nature” by Rabbi YY (Yosef Yitzchok) Jacobson

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This Lecture’s Subject:

Religion Vs. Nature

By Yosef Y. Jacobson

A young Jewish man was visiting a psychiatrist, hoping to cure his eating and sleeping disorder. “Every thought I have turns to my mother,” he told the psychiatrist. “As soon as I fall asleep and being to dream, everyone in my dream turns into my mother. I wake up so upset that all I can do is go downstairs and eat a piece of toast.”

The psychiatrist replied, “What, just one piece of toast for a big boy like you?”

The Traveler

“Rabbi Jacob said: ‘One who walks on the road and studies , and interrupts his study and remarks, ‘How beautiful is this tree! How beautiful is this landscape!’ Scripture considers it as if he were guilty of a mortal sin.”

(Mishnah, Ethics of Our Fathers, 3:7, chapter of this week).

The question is obvious.

The person who interrupts his Torah study to marvel at the beauty of nature is essentially celebrating the workings of the creator who designed a magnificent and brilliant universe. Why would this be considered a grave sin, when this person is celebrating the work of the giver of the Torah?

Some have erroneously deduced from this Talmudic passage that Torah rejects nature; that focusing on the splendor and exquisiteness of our world is nothing short of vanity.

This is a mistaken view. For the same G-d who gave us the Torah, gave us nature as well. Much of Scripture enjoins the human being to contemplate the workings of nature as a tool to appreciate the divine reality behind nature. A major part of our daily morning prayers consists of just this exercise: to marvel at the diversity and artistry of our physical universe as witnesses to the underlying reality of G-d at the core of all nature.

“G-d led Adam around the Garden of Eden and said, ‘Look at My works, see how beautiful they are, How exquisite! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil or destroy My world — for if you do, there will be no one to repair it after you,” the Midrash states.

Maimonidies writes in his legal code that the way to achieve love of G-d is by contemplating the extraordinary brilliance and dazzling beauty of His universe.

What is more, according to Jewish law, there is a prescribed blessing that is to be recited at the sight of beautiful creatures and beautiful trees. This means that when the individual who is traveling and learning encounters a particularly beautiful tree he is, perhaps, obligated to take a break from the learning and recite a blessing to G-d for this creation. If anything, this individual may be performing a mitzvah, not a sin.

Three Answers

Various commentators over the ages have presented different answers to these questions. Some argued that the Mishnah was not attempting to ridicule or denigrate an appreciation of nature’s majestic empire, but rather to make it clear that one ought not to equate its significance with the story of Torah. Notwithstanding the importance of developing an appreciating for G-d’s awesome world, it pales in comparison with the study of Torah which, as the Kabbalists put it, captures     G-d’s most essential and intimate wisdom and will, transcending even G-d as a brilliant Creator.

Other commentators suggested a more pragmatic approach. During Rabbi Jacob’s days, most of the oral tradition of Judaism was not transcribed as of yet. The students needed to memorize lots of material and they typically enjoyed memorizing their lessons while strolling outdoors. (Such peripatetic memorization is still practiced today in some parts of the Middle East). Since they were, naturally, tempted to shift their attention from studying to the surrounding scenic views, the Mishnah specifically warned against this.

Integration

I wish to share with you a Chassidic interpretation to this Mishnah, novel in its approach and inspiring in its ramifications.

The criticism wrought against this individual for marveling at the beautiful tree or landscape is not addressed at the fact that he stops to breathe-in the glory of G-d’s universe. Let us read the text again, this time much more carefully: “One who walks on the road and studies, and interrupts his study and remarks, ‘How beautiful is this tree! How beautiful is this landscape!’ Scripture considers it as if he were guilty of a mortal sin.”

The emphasis should be put on the word “interrupts.” The problem is not the mere appreciation of our gorgeous world, but rather the fact that this individual views the esthetical exquisiteness of the tree or the landscape as an interruption of Torah study. For this particular traveler, he must cease and interrupt his study of Torah in order to take in the beauty of the world. Torah and the universe remain two distinct realities, in his consciousness, disjointed and disconnected. “Render to Ceaser what is Ceaser’s, render to G-d what is G-d’s.” The spiritual and the physical constitute two diverse realms. G-d runs the heavens; Washington runs (or thinks it runs) the earth. The secular and the holy are divided by an absolute gulf. Torah is good for the synagogue and the study hall; outside the confinements of the holy, its message must yield to the powerful embrace of the secular.

But the living presence of G-d saturates all of reality! What appears externally as secular pulsates internally with G-dliness. Plato’s dualism, conferring holiness upon the spiritual and corruption upon the physical, has no place in the ethos of Judaism. Torah is the blueprint, the Midrash says, of the entire universe. Hence, any genuine celebration of the world is a celebration of Torah. The vision and passion of Torah encompass every aspect and nuance of creation just as blueprint includes every detail of the home designed on it. In the weltanschauung of Judaism, as articulated in the Kabbalistic and Chassidic tradition, religion is not at odds with nature; rather, nature too is divine.

The verse in Psalms (4), “The heaven belongs to G-d, and the earth He granted to man,” was interpreted by the Rebbe of Kotzk as saying thus: “The heaven belongs to G-d initially; the earth G-d gave to man in order that he turns it into heaven.” The holy and the secular must learn to kiss, because when the doors of perception are cleansed the secular is seen as pulsating with holiness, begging that it too be infused with transcendence; deep down it too craves that it become a continuum of Torah.

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Parsha Story: Parshas Vayeshev / Vayeishev (for 5769)

Posted on December 21, 2008. Filed under: A Parsha Story, a Rabbi Bolton Story, a Rabbi Tuvia Bolton Story, Jewish Customs, Parshas Vayeishev, Parshas Vayeitzei, Parshas Vayeshev, Parshas Vayetze, Parshat Hashavua, Parshat Hashavuah, Parshat Vayeishev, Parshat Vayeshev, Rabbi Bolton Stories, Rabbi Bolton Story, Rabbi Tuvia Bolton Story, Story by Rabbi Bolton, The Parshah Story, The Truth, Torah, True, Truth, Vayeshev, Weekly Parsha, Weekly Parshah, Weekly sedra, Weekly Sedrah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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A Parsha Story by:

Rabbi Tuvia Bolton of OhrTmimim.Org/torah

On this week’s Parsha:

Vayeishev 5769

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Delay in posting this week’s Parsha Story by Rabbi Bolton.



This week we read an interesting story of how Yosef, the favorite of Jacob’s children, was hated by his brothers and fanned that hatred by interpreting two dreams to mean that everyone would bow down to him.

The Torah tells us “His brothers hated him but his father waited to see what would happen” (37:11)

This, at first glance, doesn’t make sense. If his father saw how they hated him then why didn’t he say something to them? What was he ‘waiting’ for?

To understand this here is a story. (Di Yiddishe Heim, Winter 5742)

Communist Russia was, along with Nazi Germany, the worst possible place on the globe for Judaism. After the revolution of 1917 the ‘Party’ began closing Synagogues and forbidding the learning of Torah and in the early 20’s only the old Jews and the Chassidim dared look ‘Jewish’ in public. Only card carrying Communists could get normal jobs (which could mean starvation) and anyone caught doing a Jewish ritual even in private would lose any position of importance.

In such an environment occurred, in the city of Gomel in 1924, a sensational trial with a Jewish theme; a high-ranking Communist official who happened to be Jewish, discovered that his wife, without his knowledge, had their baby son circumcised eight days after he was born and was suing for divorce.

The Communists made sure it was well-publicized; they wanted everyone to see how outdated religion was and courthouse was overflowing; even the standing-room bleachers and public galleries were full to capacity.

The judge, who happened to be Jewish, sat austerely in a large chair behind a thick table and before him stood several burly young ‘Yevsektsia’ (Jewish movement sworn to destroy Judaism) ‘security’ ready to keep order.

The first to take the stand and testify was the husband.

“I came home to find my child crying. When I went to change his diaper I saw that he was bandaged up. ‘Circumcised’ she says! Just like that. I was surprised, disgusted and angry at once. Then she insisted that she had nothing to do with it which, even if it’s true, it still makes her at fault! Isn’t she supposed to guard the child? And, frankly, I don’t believe her. I mean, comrade judge, can one possibly live with a woman tells lies because her mind is too small to accept the new order?! I want a divorce!!”

The judge thanked him, told him to step down and called the defendant; his wife. She was red-eyed from crying and as she passed her husband he turned his head in disgust so as not to look at her.

“Comrade Judge.” She said trying to choke back her tears and occasionally dabbing her eyes. “I am innocent. I swear I am a loyal Party Member and a good wife but my husband will not let me explain. What happened was like this. A few days ago I had to go out shopping to buy some food. I have no baby sitter, so I waited for the baby to go to sleep, locked the door and ran to the market. Anyway, I when I came back home, it couldn’t have been more than fifteen minutes later, maybe twenty my door was open and the baby was gone!! Gone!!!”

She wept uncontrollably for a few seconds, blew her nose with a small kerchief and continued.

“So I ran into the streets asking people, searching like a crazy woman asking everyone if they saw my son until about a half an hour later I see my parents and in-laws walking in the distance. So I ran to them yelling and crying and what do I see? They are carrying my baby! They just had taken him for a walk!! That’s what they said. I was so relieved and happy!! But when I got home I saw what had happened! He had blood on his diaper!! Oy!! How could my own parents have mutilated my baby!!! MY BABY!!” And she began wailing so loudly she had to be escorted from the witness stand.

The grandparents took the stand. The four of them stood before the Judge like wax figures of thousands of years ago. The men sported long white beards and wore worn-out, long black coats to their knees while the grandmothers had their hair covered with large kerchiefs tied under the chin. The judge asked if they had anything to say in their defense.

One of the grandmothers who spoke Russian better than the others stepped forward and said in a thick Jewish accent, “Your Honor”.

The Judge cut her short and said authoritatively, “‘Your Honor’ is an out-dated title of the old regime. You are to call me ‘Comrade’.

“You Honorable Comrade” she said as a few snickers came from the crowd. “Although I don’t see what’s so bad about our einikel (Yiddish for grandson) having a ‘Bris’ (circumcision) like everyone but I want you to know that we didn’t mean to do it….. It just happened.”

There was a second of total silence and then like an explosion, the crowd burst into howling laughter repeating the words ‘Just happened!’ Haa Haaaa! Just happened!! Hooo!!’ Even the Judge had to turn his face to a side until he could regain enough seriousness to pound his gavel and call for silence.

The old lady was obviously lying and when things returned to normal he leaned forward, narrowed his eyes and asked her sarcastically. “Happened?! And how, Babushka, can such a thing as a circumcision just ‘happen’?”

“I tell you Your Comrade Honorship.” She continued as though talking to someone on the street. “We went to our daughter’s house to take the baby for a long walk for his health. My daughter doesn’t take him for enough fresh air. Anyway she wasn’t home but we have a key. So we took him, our little sweetie, and went for a long walk. Then suddenly from nowhere some man walks over to us that we never saw before and asks if we want our einikel to be a Jew. We answered, what’s the question? So he takes out a knife, makes a B’racha (blessing) and that’s it! Circumcised!!”

The crowd was already on the edge of pandemonium and this was it! The laughter was like thunder and it just got louder and louder. The judge pounded on the table, screamed for silence, stood up and stamped with his feet but nothing helped. People were in tears, holding their stomachs and a few actually fell into the isles! Totally out of control.

The Judge motioned to the Yevsektsia thugs and when they turned to the crowd and gave a few menacing glares the crowd became silent.

“But you should know, Comrade Honorable Judge,” The old woman continued as though there had been no disturbance. “We are happy.”

“Happy?! Who is happy?” exclaimed the Judge in exasperation. “And about what!?”

“Ahh, we are all happy that our dear Einikel is one hundred percent Jewish….. Just like you, Your Honor! Aren’t you proud and happy you are circumcised?”

That was it! The crowd went wild! Whistling and hooting! Even the Yevsektsia toughs couldn’t control the waves of sheer glee. The Judge didn’t even try. He had no choice but to wait for the noise to subside, tell the grandparents to be seated, call the husband back and try to bring this fiasco to an end.

“Tell me, dear Comrade. I see from your record that you are a good, loyal hero of Communism and hold a very responsible position. Is there any other reason, that is, do you have any other reason for divorcing your wife?”

“No, Comrade Judge, none whatsoever; she cooks my meals, cleans my shirts and is a good wife. Except for this!”

“Well” The Judge continued “If I tell you that she is not guilty and has no part in this terrible act would you consider returning to her and dropping the charges?”

“Yes, of course Comrade Judge, if that is the decision of the court.”

“If so, the decision of this court is that your wife is innocent of all the charges. It is totally the fault of your superstitious parents and in-laws for allowing this act to be perpetrated. They will be fined 50 rubles and you may return to your wife. Case dismissed!!

No one in that room including the Judge (except for a few religious friends of the family) had any idea that it was all a staged trick! The couple wanted to have their son circumcised and still retain their government positions and this was the only way they could do it.

The name of the ‘Mystery Mohel’ that circumcised the child from nowhere was Rabbi Chonya Shagalov was one of the thousands of Chabad Chassidim of the time that risked their lives daily just to do a favor for someone else and whose offspring are Chabad Chassidim throughout the world still risking everything to help others.

This explains our questions.

Yosef represents the Jewish people (see Rashi on Psalms 80:2) who, like Yosef, were put into exile in order to manifest what they were ‘chosen’ for; to bring blessing, meaning and joy to the entire creation.

Yosef also represents Moshiach ben Yosef who will suffer in exile as the precursor of Moshiach ben Dovid (See Lekutei Sichot of the Rebbe vol. 35 pg. 156).

And this is what Jacob was ‘waiting’ for. He knew that his other sons would not understand, they lacked the vision and faith that both he and Josef had. But on the other hand Jacob knew that he could do nothing to quicken the process except to wait and pray that all the Jews would do their part to reveal Moshiach and take the Jews from exile ….. as the Chassidim in our story did.

And just as Communism fell in the merit of such Chassidim so also will all the idolatry and foolishness of the exile be transformed, as Yosef did to Egypt… (but permanently) and G-d will circumcise our hearts (Deut. 30:6).

We just have to do even one more good deed, word or even thought to hasten the arrival of …..

Moshiach NOW!!



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The Parshah in a Nutshell: Parshat Vayeshev / Vayeishev

Posted on December 19, 2008. Filed under: A Parsha Story, Jewish Customs, Parshas Vayeshev, Parshat Hashavua, Parshat Hashavuah, Parshat Vayeshev, The Parsha in a Nutshell, The Parshah in a Nutshell, The Truth, Torah, True, Truth, Vayeisheiv, Vayeishev, Vayesheiv, Weekly Parsha, Weekly Parshah, Weekly sedra, Weekly Sedrah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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(A Summary of the Parsha Story)

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On this week’s Parsha:

Vayeishev

Genesis 37:1–40:23

The Parshah in a Nutshell

Vayeishev

Genesis 37:1–40:23

Jacob settles in Hebron with his twelve sons. His favorite is 17-year-old Joseph, whose brothers are jealous of the preferential treatment he receives from his father, such as a precious many-colored coat that Jacob makes for Joseph. Joseph relates to his brothers two dreams he has which foretell that he is destined to rule over them, increasing their envy and hatred towards him.

Shimon and Levi plot to kill him, but Reuben suggests that they throw him into a pit instead, intending to come back later and save him. While Joseph is in the pit, Judah has him sold to a band of passing Ishmaelites. The brothers dip Joseph’s special coat in the blood of a goat and show it to their father, leading him to believe that his most beloved son was devoured by a wild beast.

Judah marries and has three children. The eldest, Er, dies young and childless, and his wife Tamar is given in levirate marriage to the second son, Onan. Onan sins by spilling his seed and he, too, meets an early death. Judah is reluctant to have his third son marry her.

Determined to have a child from Judah’s family, Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and seduces Judah himself. Judah hears that his daughter-in-law has become pregnant and orders her executed for harlotry, but when Tamar produces some personal effects he left with her as a pledge for payment, he publicly admits that he is the father. Tamar gives birth to twin sons, Peretz (an ancestor of King David) and Zerach.


Joseph is taken to Egypt and sold to Potiphar, the minister in charge of Pharaoh‘s slaughterhouses. G-d blesses everything he does, and soon he is made overseer of all his master’s property. Potiphar’s wife desires the handsome and charismatic lad; when Joseph rejects her advances, she tells her husband that the Hebrew slave tried to force himself on her and has him thrown in prison. Joseph gains the trust and admiration of his jailers, who appoint him to a position of authority in the prison administration.

In prison, Joseph meets Pharaoh’s chief butler and chief baker, both incarcerated for offending their royal master. Both have disturbing dreams, which Joseph interprets; in three days, he tells them, the butler will be released and the baker hanged. Joseph asks the butler to intercede on his behalf with Pharaoh. Joseph’s predictions are fulfilled, but the butler forgets all about Joseph and does nothing for him.

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