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Why Didn’t Yosef “Phone Home”?
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Context: After thirteen years of slavery, Yosef experiences a dramatic transformation when he interprets Pharaoh’s dreams and is appointed viceroy over Egypt. Yosef serves in this position through the seven years of plenty and into the years of famine before being reunited with his family. Questions: Why doesn’t Yosef contact his father and family after […]
Parshat VaYigash
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In a parsha of dramatic reunions, one that often falls beneath the radar, that of father and son, tantalizes with its ambiguity: Yosef harnessed his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen; and he appeared before him, he fell on his neck, and he wept on his neck עוד od . […]
Yaakov’s blessing of Ephraim and Menashe
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And He said to me, “I will make you fruitful and multiply your offspring. I will make you a congregation of nations. I will give this land to your descendants after you as a permanent possession.” Now, your two that were born to you in Egypt, before I came to you in Egypt, are mine. […]
The Practical Wisdom of Yosef
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The reason the Torah provides this account of the policies established by Yosef Yosef’s decrees in response to the famine In the previous parasha, Yosef interpreted Paroh’s dreams as a harbinger of the approach of a period of uncommon plenty to be followed by a period of severe famine. He explained to Paroh that his […]
Parshat Vayigash Yosef Reveals Himself to His Brothers
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Yosef Reveals Himself to His Brothers Yosef could not hold in his emotions. Since all his attendants were present, he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” Thus no one else was with him when Yosef revealed himself to his brothers. (Bersheit 45:1) Yosef has accused Binyamin of stealing. He has threatened to imprison Binyamin. […]
Covenant and Conversation: Sibling Rivalry
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Miketz – 4 December 2010 – 27 Kislev 5771 There has been massive debate in Anglo Jewry in the past few weeks as to whether we should take a unified stance in our support of the state of Israel or whether we should openly air our differences. It’s been a noisy debate, a shrill debate, […]
Parshat Mikeitz/Vayigash
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“And they said to each other, “Surely we are guilty over our brother in that we saw his anguish when he appealed to us and we did not listen. Therefore this affliction has come upon us.” (Beresheit 42:21) Teshuva – repentance – is an essential element of Judaism and human perfection. Is teshuva accomplished through […]