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This week I have had the opportunity to spend time with colleagues from around the region at the annual Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis conference in Palm Springs. Being here, I am reminded of the simple, but too often ignored reality that, while we are all may be in touch regularly with friends, family and acquaintances around the world via electronic means, there is no substitute for face to face connections. Although today via new technologies we are all linked in unprecedented ways to people in the virtual world, have we neglected the importance of connecting in the real world? And when we are together with others in the real world are we truly present, or are we too often distracted by the allure of our handheld devices of choice? In our Parshah this week, Egyptian viceroy Joseph finally reveals his identity to his brothers, years after they sold him into slavery. In the opening of the Torah portion we read “Vayigash Yehudah”, (Judah approached Joseph). This family reunion and subsequent reconciliation could only take place in person, face to face. An ancient version of a tweet, Facebook post or conference call could never have sufficed. This Shabbat and always let us try to be more truly present to the most important people in our lives and transform virtual connections into real ones. Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Gersh Zylberman
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