December 22, 2017

Parshat Va-Yiggash

In the interest of end-of-year ease I am posting one image and two d’vars at the same time. (Read: like most people I know am frantically running back-and-forth between Barnes and Noble and Starbucks for those last-minute thank-you gift cards for teachers/tutors/et. al.)

This week’s parsha, Va-Yiggash, brings a dramatic, poignant and joyous conclusion to the story of Joseph and his dysfunctional family. 
Judah pleads with Joseph not to punish Benjamin for stealing the goblet that was found in the youngest brother’s sac because “‘of the woe that would overtake my father!’...
“Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, ‘Have everyone withdraw from me!’ So there was no one else about when Joseph himself known to his brothers.”
And just like that, Joseph forgave them for selling him into slavery, telling the fearful brothers that his journey from slave to leader was part of G-d’s plan and thus they should not be blamed. “‘...It was...

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