Shabbat Mikaytz (Gen. 41:1-44:17)

Meanwhile, back at the ranch (or the pyramid) Pharaoh has made Joseph the BJOC (big Jew on campus). Joe implements the first national yo-yo diet plan (feast/famine), and ends up assisting the Pharoah in a total land-grab as things get really really bad. And that’s when things start to get interesting. Because who should come calling but his long lost kin? But as usual, it’s all about the food.... read more

More Youth-Friendliness

It’s always nice to have some positive confirmation. In a recent post I debated the relative value of building a “Youth Friendly” congregation. This article in the Cleveland Jewish News again raises that theme, specifically: “We’ve got to get younger in our leadership. We’ve got to get connected to social media. We need to recognize that old paradigms need to be adjusted. The younger... read more

GoingKosher: Latke Recipes!

Thanksgiving isn’t even done, but since Chanukah comes on fast and furious I thought I’d get a jump start with something I posted last year here. But last year I didn’t have a blog for cooking and recipes (yes, Virginia, it’s true). So this year, the latkes go there, and the Torah stays here. Sort of. In any case, you can click here to find the recipe for Sweet Potatoe Latkes. And... read more

Shabbat Vayeshev (Gen 37:1 – 40:23)

In this portion, Tamar is promised to Judah’s oldest son, who dies before she can conceive. So Judah tries to get his second son, Onan, to hook up with big bro’s widow. As you might imagine, that was less than tempting for Onan. However, Onan’s refusal resulted in a rather permanent reprisal from God. Judah figured this was the ultimate in toxic in-laws, and so he tried to strike a deal – “Go live with... read more

Let Us Bow Our Heads and Give Thanks…

Last year I commented that Thanksgiving is really sort of an empty experience, when you put it up against a powerhouse-of-a-holiday like Passover,  Rosh Hashanah, or even Shabbat. I received some wonderful comments over on the URJ blog site, which kindly reposted that essay, which I fully intend to incorporate this year. And Ima on (and off) the Bima has once again posted not one but 3 amazing... read more

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