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– Rabbi Eli B. Perlman –
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Shabbat Miketz / Rosh Chodesh / Chanukah VI Shabbat Torah: Gen 41.1-44.17 Rosh Chodesh Torah: Num 28.9-15 Chanukah Torah: Num 7.42-47 Shabbat Chanukah Haftorah: Zechariah 2.14-4.7
This Sidra tells us of the rehabilitation of Yosef and his elevation to the position of Prime Minister of Egypt. It all begins, appropriately enough, with a dream. When the Paro’s court magicians cannot interpret a disturbing series of their master’s dreams, the steward conveniently remembers Yosef the dreamer who is languishing in prison.
When Yosef warns Paro that seven years of plenty will be followed by seven brutal years of famine, and when he counsels that appropriate savings measures should be implemented immediately, he is rewarded with a high position, and administers the very program he counseled be started. This saves Egypt when the famine finally hits.
The surrounding Bedouin, including Yaakov and his clan, must turn to Egypt and its vast storehouses during the famine years. Egyptian Yosef, recognizing his brothers who come to Egypt on a buying expedition, rakes them over the coals, accusing them as being spies. He imprisons them, demanding they bring their youngest brother, Binyamin, to be brought to him.
After a series of ruses, Yosef manages to have Binyamin declared a slave, a move that will surely mean the end of the aged Patriarch Yaakov. The showdown is at hand.
This Sidra is usually read on Shabbat Chanukah, but occasionally falls on the day after Chanukah if it ends on a Friday.
Light Friday evening’s Chanukah candles before the Shabbat candles and do not light Saturday evening’s Chanukah candles until it is completely dark.
November 28th – 1st Candle
November 29th through December 6th
CHANUKAH (25 Kislev): The “Festival of Dedication” also called “The Festival of Lights” commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrians in 165 B.C.E and the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem which had been defiled by them. Each night of the festival an additional candle is lit until on the last night, eight candles are burning. According to tradition, when the Temple was re-captured, only one small vessel of oil, enough for just one day, was found. Miraculously, it sufficed for eight days until new oil could be prepared and the festival was established for this length of time to commemorate the miracle.
ROSH CHODESH (New Month) TEVET
December 4th – 5th
FAST OF TEVET
This fast commemorates the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar (586 B.C.E.). This siege was the prelude to the destruction of the First Temple and the Babylonian exile of the Jewish people. This is a half-day fast as it begins at sunrise.
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