Vayigash, The Ultimate Love

מרן הרב אשר וייס

ויאסר יוסף מרכבתו ויעל לקראת ישראל אביו גשנה וירא אליו ויפל על צואריו ויבך על צואריו עוד.   “Yosef harnessed his chariot and went to greet his father Yisrael in Goshen.  He appeared before his father, and fell in tears upon his shoulder.”[1]   After they were finally reunited after so many years, Yosef cried…

Parting with Bereishis

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Of all the episodes discussed in Sefer Bereishis, Yosef’s is surely the longest and most detailed.  The story of his dreams, his conflict with his brothers, his slavery and imprisonment, his rise to power, and the reuniting of his family span the course of four parshiyos, almost a third of the Sefer.  In contrast, the…

The Bonds of Brotherhood

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The commentaries struggle to understand the seemingly cruel hoax to which Yosef subjected his brothers, when he concealed from them his true identity, accused them of espionage, incarcerated Shimon, and finally planted his cup in Binyamin’s sack to incriminate him for a theft that he did not commit. Yosef became known throughout the generations as…