Our guest this week is Rabbi Jeremy Weisblatt of Temple Ohav Shalom in Allison Part, PA. Rabbi Weisblatt attended Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated from the Schreyer Honors College. After graduation, he began his rabbinical education at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in Manhattan. For three years, Rabbi Weisblatt studied at the Conservative Movement’s seminary before returning to his Reform roots and transferring to HUC-JIR in Manhattan for the last three years of his rabbinical program. Upon ordination, Rabbi Weisblatt served as the rabbi of Beth Sholom Temple in Fredericksburg, VA and then for two years as assistant rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago. Rabbi Weisblatt has been published in the CCAR Journal (Reform Jewish Quarterly). He is also currently in a doctoral program through HUC-JIR, with emphasis on the relationships and lives of Jews and non-Jews as found in Jewish liturgy, the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and halakhah (Jewish Law).
This week’s Torah portion — Parashat Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17) — features the second part of the story of Joseph and his brothers. The parasha begins with Joseph interpreting the Pharaoh’s dream and continues to tell us about Joseph’s rise to power, about the seven years of famine, and about Joseph’s first re-encounter with his brothers who come to Egypt to purchase grain. Our talk focuses on the idea of understanding and implementing your dreams.
Our Past discussions of Parashat Miketz:
Rabbi Jacob Staub on trauma and healing
Rabbi Aaron Bergman on the transformation of the family of Israel into the people of Israel
Rabbi Yehudah Mirsky on the Jew, the outsider, as the interpreter of dreams
Rabbi Corey Helfand on Joseph and his leadership style