This week features:
The Hotel Egypt: We Are All Just Prisoners Here of Our Own Device
The Prime Minister’s Visit to the Kotel: Where Has True Jewish Bravery Gone?
The month of Tevet begins with the light of Chanukah but ultimately descends – at least ostensibly – into darkness. At first glance Tevet seems characterized by anguish and destruction. What happened to the joy of Chanukah, and Temple dedication? Haven’t we learned anything? In this week’s fast-moving, passion-filled edition of Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman discover that indeed, the Chanukah story is not over yet… the challenges it presents continue into the month of Tevet and into our own times, and we are still writing it today. So too, as we read this week in parashat Vayigash of Israel’s reunion and “happy” descent into Egypt, we sense the shape of things to come… and suddenly we realize with alarming clarity that we are reading the story of our own lives.