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Vayigash

Fighting Carnage With Goodness
Your Questions
(Why) Must a Bar Mitzvah Boy Read From the Torah?

There is a prevalent custom for boys to read the weekly Torah portion when they become a bar mitzvah. Here's why.
Parshah
The Estate of Goshen

We may feel that we are enslaved by the lure of the material, that we are trapped by its grip. Yet, the Torah reminds us that we have the power to free ourselves from its gravitational pull.
Vayigash Parshah Quiz

Take this quiz to see how well you know the parshah of Vayigash.
Story
First-Class Stowaway

“Sir, you have a first-class ticket,” said the conductor. “Why you are lying under a bench in a third-class car?”
Women
A Jewish Life Without Walls

I stumbled a lot just looking for a place to be part of any group that would give me a jumping-off point.
A Journey Back in Time: Visiting the Graves of the Righteous in Ukraine

Time has passed, and so much has happened since I was a child in Soviet Russia, yet I feel an undeniable connection to this land where so many righteous tzadikim are buried.
Be the Good That Someone Else Needs

The ability to see past our own troubles, challenges, and hard days and reach out to another in need is truly exemplary.
Lifestyle
Spicy Turkey Meatballs

For everything there is a season, a time for every matter under the heaven: A time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot that which is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break and a time to build. A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time of wailing and a time of dancing. A time to cast stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to seek and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away. A time to rend and a time to sew; a time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace...
— Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Print Magazine

For hundreds of years, perhaps since the beginning of Creation, a piece of the world has been waiting for your soul to purify and repair it.

And your soul, from the time it was first emanated and conceived, waited above to descend to this world and carry out that mission.

And your footsteps were guided to reach...