This week’s Dvar Torah is entitled Thoughts on Anti-Semitism and the Future of Humanity: Thoughts for Parashat Shemot. It was written by Rabbi Marc D. Angel, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York City. Currently, he is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, which seeks to foster an intellectually vibrant, compassionate and inclusive Orthodox Judaism.
In this week’s parasha, Vayechi, Our patriarchs Yosef/Joseph and Yaakov/Jacob can be models for us in our quest for equanimity during these stressful and frightening times. Yosef --who suffered so gravely because of his brothers' betrayal-- ultimately came to a place of forgiveness. Yaakov-- who could have disowned his sons for their actions-- was able to come to some sort of resolution.
Documentarian Tod Lending goes into his films knowing that he doesn’t know what’s going to happen in them. Longitudinal documentaries, or long docs, are his niche. “I follow people for years, however long it takes for the story to present itself,” Lending said. At the heart of his latest — “Saul & Ruby, To Life!” — are two Holocaust survivors, Saul Dreier, 94, of Coconut Creek, and Reuwen “Ruby” Sosnowicz, 90, of Delray Beach, and their Holocaust Survivor Band.