Dr. David Marcus,
Professor of Bible, JTS
In the preceding two parashiyot, Joseph aroused the jealousy of his brothers with his dreams of grandeur and by being blatantly favored by his father, Jacob, who made for him a special ornamented tunic, traditionally known as a "coat of many colors." The brothers contrived to kidnap Joseph and sell him to caravan traders on their way to Egypt. In Egypt, Joseph was sold into slavery, but managed with God's help to rise to prominence in the house of one of Pharaoh's courtiers. There he resisted the advances of his master's wife, and, because she falsely maligned him, he was summarily imprisoned. However, once again with God's help, Joseph rose to a position of trust in prison and was able to interpret the dreams of two of his fellow prisoners, Pharaoh's butler and Pharaoh's baker.
At about the time of the servants' dreams, Pharaoh also dreamed two dreams that bothered him enormously. None of his magicians or astrologers was able to interpret them, but then his butler, now released, informed Pharaoh of Joseph's interpretive abilities. Pharaoh had Joseph brought to him, and Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's dreams as the harbingers of seven good years and seven years of famine.
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6 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv, Chapel
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9 a.m. Services, CHAPEL
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Saturdays, 11-11:45 a.m.
December 7, 14
Mitch will focus on Ashrei, Aleinu, the Kaddish, Adon Olam, Yigdal, Hallel and Birkat Hamazon.
Class meets in the lower level, Room 9.
Lunch and Learn Series
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First Tuesday of every month
Next session: 12:15 p.m., January 7th
Topic: "Ancient Shabbat Stories."
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