When humility embraces extravagance, the world is forever changed.
Judah approaches Joseph, pleading for Benjamin’s release. Joseph can bear it no longer. He reveals that he is in fact their brother, Joseph, and asks if his father is alive. The brothers bow their heads in shame. Joseph assures them that his being sold to Egypt was all part of G-d’s master plan. Jacob and all his family – now seventy strong – move from the Land of Canaan to the Land of Egypt. G-d assuages Jacob’s worry; the descent down into Egypt will surely lead to a greater ascent upward and higher. Joseph, the economist, turns Egypt into the center of world finance. Jacob, Israel, and his family settle in the city of Goshen.
Essentially, Joseph’s initial tragedy was the catalyst that brought the birth of the Jewish people, the giving of the Torah – and all that followed. Imagine if Joseph would’ve chosen to wallow in his grief instead, choosing a path of hopelessness and despair? Where would we all be today? Let us learn from Joseph to take the path toward light instead of darkness, toward growth instead of stagnation.Read More