Parshat VaYigash 5774–Ruth Bergman Shabbat Torah Study–All for the Best

In this week’s Parasha, Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers after the drama of the Benjamin/goblet frame up. Joseph has the most exquisite opportunity to settle the score with his brothers after what they did to him and to their father. He is now the second most powerful man in Egypt. The brothers are accused, foreign spies. Joseph could have shown them how his dreams had come true. Perhaps the youthful and immature Joseph would have done just that and given them the “I told you so” of their lives. Perhaps that Joseph would have seen to his brothers’ punishments and made slaves of them as they had sold him. The older, wiser and more mature Joseph does none of those things. Instead, he quietly reveals himself, asking only of his father Yaakov’s well-being and assures the brothers that what happened was God’s will. Genesis 45:4-8.

Yes, the brothers sold Joseph into slavery, but Joseph himself sees it as all for the best and what was meant to be. The brothers did not realize that they were propelling Joseph to Viceroy status in Egypt and helping save the known world from famine when they sold him.

What a wonderful message for us. Let us look for the good in everything that happens. Let us look for opportunities in every situation so that what might be perceived as bad can truly be said to be all for the best. Easier said than done? Perhaps. Worth a try? Definitely.

Ruth Bergman’s not to be missed Shabbat Torah Study at 10:00 a.m. will be on the subject of “Repentance, Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Joseph and His Brothers Make Peace.” Our Torah provides important messages to us for everyday living and this is especially true of the Joseph story. Come as you are. Stay as long as you like.

This is a SYNergy Shabbat at Adat Shalom. Click on this hyperlink to see the many opportunities this weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

Paul

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