In memory of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, whose yarzheit falls this Shabbat. How does our story of slavery and oppression, and of God hearing our cry, become the basis through which we understand our responsibility for justice today? Shifra and Puah - midwives - take a stand, Moses more reluctantly leads. Our portion tells us we need to not just save individuals, but make systemic change.
What connections do we draw between the story of Joseph and Chanukkah with regards to how we see identity? Perhaps the Joseph story can shed light on how we understand ourselves in relation to wider cultures.