Vayeishev: Torah Lessons from a Garment



As the frosts of winter settle upon us, we dust off our coats and reacquaint ourselves with their downy warmth and furry coziness.

As with all things in creation, the coat has more than material properties; the coat is also a symbol of a spiritual sort. So what can a coat teach us about our souls? What can a coat teach us about our lives? What can it teach us about our Judaism and our relationship with God?

This week, we read about Joseph’s multi-colored, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional coat, the one Jacob had fashioned just for him. What can this coat teach us about shielding our families and our selves from the cold of cynicism?

How can we wrap ourselves in the divine fur of heaven while simultaneously lighting fires and warming up the world?


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