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I remember the Rebbe thundering: “The whole Egyptian exile can be traced to Reuben’s ill-timed teshuvah! When a Jewish child is languishing in the pit, this is not the time to be worrying about your own spiritual state . . .”
Many times we get caught up in our own world of self perfection and refinement. A lesson that we learn from what Reuben did not do in this week’s Parsha.
“And Joseph came to them in the morning and he saw them, and behold, they were troubled. He asked Pharaoh’s officials . . . ‘Why do you look so bad today?’” But why would Joseph see anything unusual in that? Wouldn&...
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At this point, Joseph could have withdrawn into himself, as many prisoners do, allowing thoughts of anger and victimization to consume him.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 . . .
Judah, Tamar, and the inner meaning of levirate marriage
Judah, Tamar, and the inner meaning of levirate marriage.
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)
Spiritually, one never retires and one never grows old
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...
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