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Summary

In this Torah portion, Jacob favors Joseph, and this angers Joseph’s brothers. Joseph has dreams in which he predicts reigning over his brothers, provoking them further. They decide to sell Joseph into slavery in Egypt. Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and sleeps with her father-in-law, Judah. In Egypt, the wife of Joseph’s owner tries to seduce Joseph, and when he rejects her, she accuses him of trying to rape her and has him sent to prison. In prison, Pharaoh’s baker and butler have dreams, and Joseph interprets them correctly.

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Parashat Vayeshev

Genesis 37:1 - 40:23

Amos 2:6 - 3:8

Parashat Vayeshev: Finding Light, Making Change

This Torah portion tells the story of Tamar, a woman who saw the possibility of new life where others saw only death.

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Breaking the Glass at a Jewish Wedding

Why the Jewish wedding ceremony ends with a famous bang.

How to Make Perfect Latkes for Hanukkah

Our video shows you exactly how to make them crispy and golden.

How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah

The traditional blessings and procedures for lighting the Hanukkah candles.

Recipes

Cranberry Challah Donuts Recipe

The perfect fried treat for Hanukkah, Thanksgiving or anytime you need a good donut!

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If you love Thanksgiving stuffing, you'll gobble up this perfect mash up.

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