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Parashat Vayeshev: Tamar the Hidden

Delving into the story of Tamar's deception of Judah, Ellen Dannin explores the power she exercises in calling a powerful man to moral accountability.

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Evolve Podcast

In the past few decades, descendants of Jews who had been forced to flee, convert, or hide Jewish practices during the Inquisition have been seeking to reconnect with Jewish communities. At times, they have been embraced, other times shunned, and, too often, encountered Jewish experiences that didn’t authentically reflect their Sephardic roots.

 

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A Jewish Community Where All Can Thrive

Amanda Mbuvi, Ph.D., is the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College’s new vice president for academic affairs. We delve into Mbuvi’s desire to deepen how people and communities think about diversity and identity, offer some thoughts on the findings of the Jews Of Color Initiative's latest study and share our hopes for the High Holidays and the coming year.

More on Parashat Vayeshev

Tamar the Hidden

Delving into the story of Tamar’s deception of Judah, Ellen Dannin explores the power she exercises in calling a powerful man to moral accountability.

D'var Torah

Tamar and Judah

The Joseph story is interrupted by the brief but portentious episode of Tamar and Judah. 

D'var Torah

The Man of Mystery - Parashat Vayeshev

A text study sheet prepared by Rabbi Toba Spitzer on the mysterious “man” found in Parshat Vayeshev.

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