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December 17, 2016 / conservadox

Dvar Torah- Vayeshev

This week’s Torah portion begins the story of Joseph.  Joseph’s brothers hate him for a variety of reasons.  Why don’t they realize how great he is?

Miller, citing Rashi, writes: “Just as Abraham had produced the errant Ishmael, and Isaac, the deviant Esau, the brothers judged Joseph to be the impure offspring of Jacob.”

A few days ago, I heard an interesting talk (though not about this parsha) related to this theme.   The speaker (a YCT rabbi in training I think) asked: why didn’t Joseph contact Jacob when he was a big shot in Egypt some years later, rather than waiting for his brothers to come to Egypt?  One possible answer: Joseph too thought that like Esau and Ishmael, he had been in some sense cast off, and was no longer part of the Abraham-Isaac-Joseph clan.  But now that the clan has become a people, he was of course wrong- now, all brothers matter.

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