Shabbat Shalom: Parashat Vayeishev

Posted on December 16, 2022

Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Greetings:

Torah Question of the Week: When you win something or receive special recognition, how do you tell the people around you about it? In this week’s Torah portion, Joseph receives his coat of many colors and his brothers are jealous of the attention he receives as Jacob’s favorite son. Do you do anything to ensure that people are happy for your success and achievements and not jealous of them?

(A related side note: Some of you may have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends’ children who are receiving Early Decision and Early Action college notifications letters and emails. Whether the answer is an acceptance, a deferral or a declined admission, our students and families feel many emotions and this can be a difficult time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out, no matter what the answers were. Kol haKavod to all our TBAY students for the efforts they put into those college applications (and the ones due January 1st) and to their families for the love and support they are giving them!)

Tonight’s Kabbalat Shabbat service is at 8:00 p.m. and is Joseph Shabbat. As we begin the story of Joseph this week, tonight’s Kabbalat Shabbat service will feature melodies from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In case you did not know it, our own Cantorial Soloist, Ben Rosenbach, played the title role at the State Theatre! Tomorrow morning, we have Shabbat Mishpacha, our shorter (approx. 1.5 hour) and participatory morning service with new and different ways to connect to Shabbat, Torah and the liturgy. Join us to learn about the prayers, discuss a question about the Torah portion, participate in the service and sing along! Both services are multi-access: in person and on Zoom.  To register to come in person, please go to The Zoom links can be found in the Shabbat Preview.

Shabbat Shalom!

— Rabbi Rubin : )