Parashat vayigash: Human action and Divine plan

We think, plan, try to steer the course of our lives. This is all good; but alongside this rational, thoughtout plan, there is a smidgen of doubt, something that shakes our self-confidence.

December 21, 2017 18:07
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AN ULTRA-ORTHODOX man prays in a Jerusalem park

AN ULTRA-ORTHODOX man prays in a Jerusalem park. (photo credit: AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS)

This week, we reach the happy ending of the long and complicated story of Joseph and his brothers. All of a sudden, Joseph breaks down in tears in front of his stunned brothers. “I am Joseph,” he tells them, adding, “Is my father still alive?”

It seems from this question that this concern has been on his mind ever since he was sold into slavery at the age of 17 until now, when, at the age of 39, he blurts it out during the dramatic encounter with his brothers.


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