Parashat Miqetz/Hanukah/Rosh Hodesh
Our story is about forgetting and remembering. The Chief Butler had forgotten his promise to Joseph for two years, after he had been restored to his position in Pharaoh’s court. But, after Pharaoh cannot find a satisfactory interpretation for the dreams that torment him, the Butler remembers, saying, “It is my sins that I recall today.” (Gen. 41:9) Joseph is raised from his jail cell to hear Pharaoh’s dreams, and Joseph interprets the dreams to be saying that the country will be swept over with seven years of abundance and then seven years of famine. And the famine years will devour the years of plenty, “and all the satisfaction in the land of Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will destroy the land.” (Gen. 41:30) Continue reading
Another outstanding meal was prepared by Chef Fern Heinig. Fern cooked at home in advance, double wrapped and brought the fixings for 20 kosher meals to Shomrei for warming and packing.
We still have several days of Hanukkah left.
Here are some website programs to enjoy during the rest of the holiday. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again- the holiday season. This time of year has always been fraught with tension for many Jewish families as the carols sing out and the lights twinkle.
As a child, I would gaze at the festive trees in the windows of the houses as I walked home from Hebrew School after a day in public school where music class might have been a period of Christmas carols (we Jewish kids NEVER sang the name of Jesus), we listened to a passage from the Bible, and made Christmas decorations. In fact, when my parents moved from the big family home and divested themselves of the accumulation of many years, there were the Santas and construction paper wreaths made in elementary school.
The era of the Patriarchs virtually ends with this Torah reading. The Patriarchal system rested on the myth that all power and control over the destiny of the family and the extended group was in the hands of that central figure. It is a significant organizing myth, even if the reality is always much more complicated. All the Torah’s stories until now have both affirmed this myth but also undermined it in many ways. Fathers decide who their heir will be, who their heir’s spouse will be, who will get the blessing – except, of course, when other factors intervene.
An Update from the Shomrei Refugee Assistance Group Continue reading
Shomrei is now the 7th site in Montclair for a Little Food Pantry. The Pantry is based on a simple rule: Take what you need and donate what you can. This provides another way for Shomrei members to help people experiencing food insecurity. We invite you to donate non-perishable food in cans or boxes (no glass and no expired food, please!).
Sarita Eisenberg & Audrey Levitin,
Co-Chairpersons, Social Action Committee
Thanksgiving weekend is usually the lead in to a frenetic few weeks of shopping, entertaining and family. With Hanukkah so closely following turkey day this year, the days may be even more jam-packed than usual.
Here are some Hanukkah and other related links, activities, and a recipe for a different Hanukkah treat. Continue reading
An Update from the Shomrei Refugee Assistance Group