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Shabbat at Home
Friday, November 26, 2021 – 23 Kislev 5782
Parashat Vayeshev

PRACTICE: In the Spirit of Thanksgiving (who says it’s one day only that we are called to gratitude?)

Listen to CBH’s Chorus singing “This Be Dear to Me,” and take a moment to locate what you are grateful for on this Shabbat.

TORAH: Tamar the Hidden

This week’s parasha focuses primarily on Joseph. However, smack in the middle is set the surprising narrative of Tamar, daughter-in-law of Judah, who was left vulnerable and helpless when her husband died. Since Judah didn’t take up his responsibility toward her, Tamar found a way to force him to recognize and support her. Read Ellen Dannin’s surprising take on Tamar as a role model for us.

TALK: Light Our Own Lights

As we prepare for Hanukkah this coming Sunday evening, November 28, we have an opportunity to reflect on light amid darkness.

Every person must know and understand that deep within them a candle burns, and their candle is unlike the candle of any other. There is no person without a candle. Every person must know and understand that it is upon them to toil and reveal the light of their candle for others. They must kindle them into a great torch that will illuminate the entire world. 

–Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, first chief rabbi of Israel

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the light you bring to the world?
  2. How can we bring our lights together to bring light to the world around us?



This song by Rabbi Margot Stein offers a new perspective on light and dark:

Light and Dark
By Rabbi Margot Stein

Bring some light into the darkness,
bring some darkness to the light
As we dance among the shadows
flickering in black and white

All things dark are not just evil,
all things light are not just fine
Can we learn to bless our difference,
God in your face, God in mine.

Copyright 2002 by Margot L. Stein

Sing along with Rabbi Dayle:


EAT: Pumpkin Spice Challah Recipe by Tori Avey


Past Resources

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October 29, 2021 – 24 Heshvan 5782


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