Vayeshev - weekly Torah portion

Dreams are fundamental to Joseph’s character. He dreams his dreams and also explains them, thereby annoying his brothers and father. He shares with his brother a dream of his where “we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.” They respond bitterly, “Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” Joseph dreams that “the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” Now it is his father’s turn to respond unkindly, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before

Toldot - weekly Torah portion

Shalom, I was born in Israel. I studied electronics engineering at the Technion and served as an officer in the Israel air force. My wife comes from a family that immigrated to Israel from Iraq. She is a biochemist and works for Teva. We have six children and three grandchildren. Most of my professional career has been in the Israeli hi-tech industry. You can find me as a co-inventor in over two dozen registered patents, ranging the fields of semiconductors to medical equipment. And if someone really looks hard, they’ll find that my name, together with that of my good friend Yuval Shachar, strongly connected to the wordmark iPhone. But we’re not here today to talk about that. At the High Hol

Chayei Sarah - weekly Torah portion

Death is inseparable from life. “Now Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. Sarah died in Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan”. In a normal life cycle people are born, raised, grow up, grow old, and then die. This was the case with Sarah, experiencing a life full of trauma and change, difficulties and challenges. Her natural life cycle has come to an end. This is of course not always the case and sometimes this beautiful and demanding life cycle is abruptly ended by brutal, unexplainable, unjustified and immoral act of murder, just like the one we have witnessed last Shabbat in the Conservative synagogue “Tree of Life” in P

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