Vayigash: Life Lessons From Camels



An Arabian insight: “Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel.”

An Iranian insight: “A camel does not drink with a spoon.”

A Jewish insight: “The camel, or gamal, hints at gemilat chassadim, helping others and perpetuating kindness.”

A cryptic passage from the Talmud states that dreaming of camels connotes a decree of death, but also the salvation from said decree.

Cryptic indeed.

The Talmud bases this statement on a verse from our Torah portion: “I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will elevate you, also bring you up.”

Don’t you know, this verse contains the answer to the world’s problems … and it arrives on the symbolic back of the camel. For, as we shall see, these humpbacked creatures have something vital to teach us all.


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