Portion of Shmot and the Making of a Resume

Portion of Shmot and the Making of a Resume

Shabbat Shalom From Rabbi Klayman January 3, 2018 16 Tevet 5778 Portion of Shmot and the Making of a Resume Most of us in the professional/work arena have at one time or another written and distributed a resume. A resume is one of those documents which can reflect both positive and negative realities. On the

Parshat Vayichi:  Following the Moral Road

Parshat Vayichi: Following the Moral Road

I just finished the second season of The Crown; the historical dramatization of Queen Elizabeth and family. Despite some poetic license, the episodes accurately reflect the sordid details about the Royal Family and their oft-unstable relationships. For many of the personalities, wealth, fame and status take priority over morality and...

Vayiggash: Embracing Our Convictions

Vayiggash: Embracing Our Convictions

Vayiggash: Embracing Our Convictions As with most of you, I respond well to people with conviction. I may not agree with them on a particular matter, but I respect their integrity and sincerity. The subject of integrity arises in the Torah portion Vayiggash; but in a most unusual and ironic fashion. Joseph finally reveals his

Mikketz, Hanukkah and the Inevitability of Change

Mikketz, Hanukkah and the Inevitability of Change

Mikketz, Hanukkah and the Inevitability of Change The plethora of non-conforming (and even irreverant) Hanukkah songs reminds me of Jose Feliciano’s controversial rendition of our National Anthem. In 1968, the (then) relatively unknown Feliciano sang the National Anthem at the World Series. His rendition was more soul than stodgy...

Vayeshev, Hanukkah and  Today’s News

Vayeshev, Hanukkah and Today’s News

Vayeshev, Hanukkah and Today’s News Today I want to share two, distinct thoughts. The first thought concerns Joseph, the featured attraction in this week’s portion of Vayeshev. After Joseph is sold to Egypt-bound merchants, he becomes the servant of Potiphar; Pharaoh’s most trusted official. Living at Potiphar’s...

Shabbat Shalom From Rabbi Klayman 11/30/17

Shabbat Shalom From Rabbi Klayman 11/30/17

As some of you know, the latest Star Wars movie is due out on December 15. Although I would have preferred Han Solo and Princess Leia riding off into the sunset, the movie moguls favor profit over happy endings. There is however, a recurring Star Wars theme which relates well to this week’s episode of