Voices of WRJ

This weekly blog series, published on Fridays, features insights from WRJ leaders on the Torah portions from a women's perspective. Enhance your Torah learning and understanding by adding Voices to your reading list.

Voices of WRJ: Vayechi

by Lillian Burkenheim Silver
January 4, 2021

Just when we need it the most, we come to Vayechi. We are closing the chapter on 2020, a year filled with division, death, and destruction. Everything we knew, everything we did—STOPPED!  There were no Onegs. No gatherings.

Voices of WRJ: Vayigash

Flo Cohen
December 25, 2020


Parashah Vayigash is the culmination of the drama between Joseph, son of Jacob, and his brothers. In a pique of hatred and jealousy, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery and had him carried off to Egypt when he was 17 years old.

Vayigash begins

Voices of WRJ: Mikeitz

Rosanne M. Selfon
December 18, 2020

Joseph, one of our more famous Biblical heroes, performs center stage again in Mikeitz, this weekly parashah, as the great dream interpreter brought from jail to listen to the daunting Pharaoh’s dreams and deduce their meaning.

Voices of WRJ: Vayeishev

Sally Frank
December 11, 2020


In a society where women lack power and influence, how can they create change and get people to follow the correct path? That is the question that confronted Tamar in this week’s Torah portion, Vayeishev.  Tamar married Judah’s oldest son, Er.

Voices of WRJ: Vayishlach

Abby Fisher
December 4, 2020


To say that a lot happens in parashah Vayishlach would be a serious understatement. Jacob returns to Canaan, wrestles with a mysterious man, has his name changed, and reunites with Esau.