It's a conversation I had had hundreds of times in my 44 years as a Jewish educator. However, this time was different: It was with my son.
When we visit the sick, it is our job to be present, kind, and ready to listen, all of which can be more challenging if the person we are visiting is part of our family.
The film chronicles the challenges that Amit, her former wife Galit, and their children endured during Amit’s gender transition.
As Rosh HaShanah approached last year, I was living in southwestern China, where I celebrated by eating apples and explaining the Jewish New Year to my Chinese roommate.
After my daughter took a sea turtle rescue and conservation tour last summer, she came home with one takeaway: “Mom, the plastic straws have got to go!”
Joseph, then viceroy of Egypt, decides to hold Benjamin to pressure his brothers to bring their father Jacob to Egypt. His true identity is still hidden from his brothers. But Judah steps forward to intervene (Gen. 44:1-14). As Vayigash opens, in an impassioned plea, Judah offers himself in place of Benjamin (Gen. 44:18-34). Where does Judah, who once lacked strength to protect Joseph, finally find the courage?