Vayehi: Holding Onto the Past in a Way That Leads Us Forward

Posted by Leon Morris on December 26, 2017
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Vayehi

At the conclusion of the book of Genesis, Joseph makes his brothers take an oath that their descendants will bring his bones back to the Land of Israel. This promise weaves its way through the Tanakh and Rabbinic literature. The saga of Joseph’s bones can teach us about leadership and how to relate to the past while also providing a model for the ideal religious life to which we should aspire. Listen now to Rabbi Leon Morris on Vayehi.

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About Leon Morris

Rabbi Leon Morris is the President of Pardes and is the first alumnus to head the institution (Year Program alumnus '94-'95; Summer Program alumnus '93 and '94). Leon made aliyah with his wife Dasee Berkowitz (Pardes Year Program alumna '94-'95) and their three children in June 2014, after serving as the rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY. He was the founding director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El (now the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center) in Manhattan. Before coming to Pardes, Leon served as a Vice President for Israel Programs at the Shalom Hartman Institute and was a faculty member at Hebrew Union College. Click here to read more.

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