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Joseph and his Brothers

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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...
The Tenth of Tevet is a fast day commemorating the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem which led to the destruction of the First Temple. It is therefore the first of the four fastsThe other three are 17 Tammuz (the day the walls of Jerusalem were breached...
"And He called out, 'Remove everyone from before me,' and there remained no one with them when Joseph revealed himself to his brothers... And he said: 'I am Joseph your brother whom you sold into Egypt.'" (Genesis ) Two questions present themselves: a) wh...
Two old ladies meet up after a hiatus of 50 years. "You wouldn't believe it," one later recounted to a grandchild, "but Millie swore that I didn’t look a day older than when she’d seen me last!" "What did you say to her?" &qu...
Joseph Tests His Brothers, Judah Pleads For Benjamin, Joseph Himself: Reveals
Judah Vouches For Benjamin, A Friendlier Reception
In The Service of Potiphar, Joseph Falsely Accused, Joseph Thrown Into Prison, Joseph, the Interpreter of Dreams
Likkutei Sichos, Vol. V, p. 239ff. I. {“There is no word in the Torah that does not possess sublime [mystic] secrets and paths [of conduct] for men to follow.” Zohar, Vol. I, p. 201a.} For this reason, the Torah relates [many details] concerning [the stor...
The purpose of the exercise was to move Jacob and family from Hebron to Egypt, about 200 miles as the crow flies across the Sinai Peninsula. But what a convoluted route this exercise took!
For Joseph’s dreams to be fulfilled, Jacob had to mourn the loss of his beloved son for twenty-two years, and Joseph had to experience slavery and incarceration, and his brothers anguished remorse, for that same period. Why was it so important that Jacob ...
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