Friday, December 18, 2015

Vayigash Text message

Parashat Vayigash (He approached)

The story of Joseph and his brothers continues.
When they discover that the viceroy of Egypt, the person in front of them, the person who had their lives in his hands, was Joseph, we read the following:
Genesis 45:3 “Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless, for they were stunned and dismayed by [the fact that they were in] Joseph’s presence.”
Here the brothers are speechless because they fear Joseph. The fear was the cause.
This is not the first time the brothers couldn’t speak with Joseph. We read earlier that when Joseph was a young boy, his brothers hated him and would not talk to him. The hate was the cause.
No matter what moves us, it is time to overcome our feelings and start talking to our brothers and sisters.

In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L

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