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Rabbi Stein's Sermon for 3rd Presbyterian Church Pulpit Exchange

TBK and Third Presbyterian Church Exchange
February 24, 2019/19 Adar 5779
Rabbi Peter W. Stein

The Prophetic Ideal in the World Today

 

Good morning, dear friends.  It is always a joy, and a great honor, to be together with you.  Thank you, Rev. Wilkinson, for your friendship and your gracious welcome.  As always, you are an important friend and thought partner in how we can engage in the most impactful ways in the broader community. 

We are at an interesting juncture in the Jewish year.  Some of you may know that the Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar…as such, the year is several days shorter than the secular solar year. 

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Parashat

Parashat Vayetzei
December 7, 2019

In this Torah portion, Jacob has a dream in which angels go up and down a ladder connecting earth to heaven. God appears before Jacob and renews the covenant that God had made with Abraham. Jacob sees Rachel, Laban’s daughter, tending sheep and wishes to marry her. Laban tricks Jacob into marrying his eldest daughter, Leah, after seven years of labor. In exchange for another seven years of work, Jacob is allowed to marry Rachel. Jacob has many sons with Leah, but Rachel is unable to conceive. Finally, God blesses Rachel, and she has a son, whom she names Joseph.

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