Joseph
Judah or Joseph: Will the Real Hero Please Stand Up

Judah or Joseph: Will the Real Hero Please Stand Up

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz I love kitsch spaghetti westerns. While I can finish an entire bucket of popcorn in the first half of the movie, my favorite part is the showdown: the classic face-to-face shootout that pits two men against each...

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Which Biblical Figure is Similar to Joseph?

Which Biblical Figure is Similar to Joseph?

It is time for a Bible quiz. QUESTION: Who began life as the son of slaves and rose to live in Pharoah’s house? ANSWER: Everyone knows that is Moses. QUESTION: Who tricked his twin and got his father’s blessing? ANSWER: Everyone knows...

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Dispel Darkness with Light and Love

Dispel Darkness with Light and Love

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Many scholars place Joseph’s descent to Egypt at around 1500 BCE. The Maccabees dedicated the Temple in year 165 BCE. These two events were separated by more than one thousand years and seem entirely...

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How do You Interpret the Return to Zion?

How do You Interpret the Return to Zion?

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Western culture does not value dreams enough. I am not referring to hopes and ambitions which are plans we make when we are awake. They are dominated by reason and logic. Hopes and ambitions are lightly sprinkled...

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The Secret of Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors

The Secret of Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors

I was the chef at a Jerusalem steak house with a modest reputation for several years. A young man came to the restaurant one day looking for a job. He had just completed a relatively expensive one-year course at a local cooking school but...

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Where are We in the Messianic Process?

Where are We in the Messianic Process?

Many people believe that Judaism is not ‘Messianic’, and that observant Jews are only concerned about performing commandments. But one of the commandments, as enumerated by Maimonides, is to anticipate that the Messiah will arrive at any...

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