Vayigash: Family Feud

December 26, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"Your servant, our father, said to us: You know that my wife bore to me two sons" (44:27).  It is assumed by many that Yehuda made this quote up to help gain the mercy of the Egyptian Viceroy who held the power of life and death over the younger of the two sons. His brother, Yehuda noted, had already died; and "now you want to take this one from me too?" (44:29). This will kill our father, causing him to go...
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Vayigash: Thank You for That

December 06, 2013 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"And Joseph could not restrain himself" (45:1). After 22 years, Joseph and his brothers were to be reunited. In probably the most emotional scene of the Torah, Joseph absolutely stuns his brothers, telling them, "I am Joseph" (45:3). To say that the brothers were in speechless disbelief would be an understatement of enormous proportions. So in the next verse, Joseph once again declares, "I am Joseph your brother, it is I...
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VaYigash: Below the Surface

December 11, 2010 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“He kissed all his brothers and wept on their shoulders, and afterwards his brothers spoke with him” (45:14). What a change from twenty-two years earlier when “they hated him and could not speak to him in peace” (37:3). Even while they were plotting what to do with Joseph, the brothers spoke about him—but never to him. Only when the brothers are standing before the Egyptian Viceroy does the Torah tell us that Joseph had been...
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VaYigash: Simple Faith

December 14, 2007 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
After twenty-two difficult years, Yaakov was informed that his beloved son Yosef was the Viceroy of Egypt. Overcome with joy and disbelief, Yaakov hurried to travel to Egypt to be reunited with his long-lost son. Surely Yaakov could not have been happier. Yet as Yaakov approached the Egyptian border, G-d appeared to Yaakov, telling him "Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt” (Breisheet 46:3). Outwardly, Yaakov likely radiated joy, but...
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