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IS MANDELA REALLY LIKE JOSEPH?

With the news of the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, world leaders have converged in South Africa for his memorial service. Internationally he is being heralded as a great hero and liberator with accolades pouring in. Some Jewish leaders are even comparing Mr. Mandela to Jacob’s son Joseph. For example, South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein recognizes this in the following prayer: “So too, Oh L-rd, your servant Nelson Mandela, like the biblical Joseph, rose up from jail to become President of a mighty nation; he too transcended his personal pain and years of suffering to forgive […]

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Worship 101

Back when I first started on the worship team at my congregation, Adonai taught me an important lesson about humility. It’s a lesson that seems really simple at first, but it was something I didn’t really think of much before. When you’re up in front of people playing or dancing, it’s easy to fall into the trap of just “performing,” either with the intent of showing off and making yourself look good, or just blindly performing without giving any thought to it. But I’ve found that, either way, that isn’t exactly the best mindset to have while praising the King […]

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