Dreamers do not cease to dream in prison. Nor when they lead the world economy.
One of the most dramatic and spiritual characters, Joseph embodies the journey of our lives. A child with dreams of a perfect world leads to sibling rivalry. Sold into bondage by his own brothers, Joseph lands in an Egyptian prison when he repels the advances of his bosses. There, the dreamer interprets dreams and rises to pharaoh’s viceroy. Joseph innovates economic systems to ensure Egyptian sustainability. Joseph fathers two sons, Menasha and Ephraim. When the world is faced with devastating famine, a global recession, financially secure Egypt becomes the world’s wealthiest and most powerful state. When his family is forced to Egypt due to the famine, Joseph is reunited with his siblings and father. Joseph passes away, his bones destined to rise to the Promised Land with the exodus.
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
Often, we get stuck in the here and now – trying our best to simply survive or live in the moment, and not being able to see the forest from the trees. How do we find the resolve and passion to look ahead, to see a future that is a direct result of our current actions and beliefs? Can we shift our mindset to see the bigger picture and actualize it in our daily lives?Read More
Jealousy, betrayal, sibling rivalry… Just how far can it go? In this week’s Torah Portion, Vayeishev, Jospeh is sold into slavery by his eleven brothers. Eleven brothers who – instead of loving him unconditionally and having his back – are so overcome with bitterness toward him that they want him dead, gone from their lives for good. How does this happen?Read More