Vayehi: Am I in Place of God? A Mature Joseph Responds to his Frightened Brothers

Posted by Howard Markose on January 10, 2017
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Vayehi

After undergoing a series of successes and disappointments in his life, Joseph is forced to ask himself: Do I forgive and forget my brothers’ indiscretions, or exact just a bit of ‘pay-back’ for what they did to me? In this week’s parsha podcast by Rabbi Dr. Howard Markose, he discusses how we react to his decision?

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Text comes alive at Pardes! Watch our new video, narrated by Leah Rosenthal and produced by Ori Salzberg, which brings to life a passage of Talmud (moed katan 16b) through a dynamic havruta between two students. Continue the conversation…Does Torah belong equally in both domains? What tensions exist between them? How do they complement each other?

About Howard Markose

Howard teaches Bible and Biblical Hebrew at Pardes. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Howard received his rabbinical ordination in 1984 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Howard lived in Toronto for ten years from 1984-1994 at which time he served as assistant rabbi at Adath Israel Congregation and rabbi at Shaar Shalom Synagogue. He and his family made Aliyah in 1994 and after seven years as rabbi of Kehilat Moreshet Avraham in Jerusalem, he became the Director of Education for the Young Judaea Year Course. He received his PhD  in Bible at Bar Ilan University in January 2016. Howard conducts specialized Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies for families from North America who are visiting Israel. He lives in Jerusalem and is married and has four children.

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