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

Posted by Leon Morris on December 26, 2017
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem: Weekly Parsha Podcast, 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

Leon is the President of Pardes. He comes to Pardes from the Shalom Hartman Institute where he was Vice President for North American programs in Israel. He was also on the faculty of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Leon made aliyah with his wife Dasee Berkowitz (Pardes Year Program alumna 1994-95) 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. Click here to read more.

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