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Joseph: (a) (1562-1452 BCE) Son of Jacob and Rachel, eleventh of the Twelve Tribes. As the oldest son of his favored wife, Jacob loved him dearly and gave him preferential treatment, causing Joseph's brothers to envy him and sell him into slavery. He landed in Egypt, where, after enduring slavery and prison, he interpreted Pharaoh’s puzzling dreams and became viceroy of the land. During the famine that followed he brought his family down to Egypt, setting the stage for their slavery and ultimately their Exodus. Buried in Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem. (b) A common Jewish name.
Joseph was in tune with another person’s pain, and was therefore capable of doing that one small act of goodness and kindness. Little did he know that it would change the world.
At this point, Joseph could have withdrawn into himself, as many prisoners do, allowing thoughts of anger and victimization to consume him. He had every right to be a bitter man . . .
On the face of it, the story of his life seems simply a succession of unhappy events; yet somehow it all works out in the end! What Joseph's experience can teach us about our own life history, as individuals and as a people
From the rivalry between Leah and Rachel, through the animosity between Joseph and his brothers, the clash between Saul and David, the split between Judah and Israel, to the dual nature of the messianic redemption—a rift and twinship that extends across h...
He was utterly alone in the world. He would remain alone after the event, just as he was alone before it. No one would know it had occured. What makes a man in such a situation believe that what he does or doesn’t do makes any difference?
The royal bar-tender, who brings the liquid that wets a parched throat, represents the linkage of spiritual "water" (the source of mind) and "fire" (the source of emotions)
"Rabbi, what can I do to silence my inner voice," asked the man. When the rabbi replied that this voice might never be silenced, the man exclaimed, "But it's driving me crazy. Is there any advice that can help me overcome it?" "Ah, overcome it," mused the...
Nowadays, it seems that success comes first, prison only later. But with true success, it works the other way around. In the Torah portion of Vayeishev we read of Joseph’s exploits. Sold into slavery by his brothers, he winds up enslaved to Potiphar, “a p...
What does Joseph have to do with Chanukah? What lesson can we take from Joseph and Chanukah to help us deal with difficult times?
How is Joseph able to stay positive? How can we be like Joseph and stay positive?
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