MAYANOT Vayigash(Genesis 44:18-47:27)by Rav Noson Weisz

…The beauty of the Jewish people emerges in the storm of exile. We bend in the face of new ideas and seem to be humbled but when the storm of the exile passes, there we are once again standing tall, having gained vigor and wisdom through our confrontation with the mighty storms of the exile.   This is also the significance of the Sefira of Hod. God created a world that requires the actions of man to make it worthwhile. It is in the character trait of hoda’ah that the supreme beauty of the divine-human partnership in creation emerges. Exile is tribulation transmuted into strength. Therein lies the beauty and majesty of Jewish history.



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3 Responses to MAYANOT Vayigash(Genesis 44:18-47:27)by Rav Noson Weisz

  1. …This explains why Yosef did not say Shema when he met his father. We can be certain that Yosef was overjoyed to see Yaakov after so many years and doubtless turned his feelings of love and gratitude heavenward, as did his father. There was, however, a crucial difference. Yosef was already in exile; the opening moments of his exilic experience were long past. He had lived in Egypt for years and, as such, was not starting anything new or spectacular at the moment when he met Yaakov. As it was not a beginning, saying Shema could not fulfill the same function for Yosef as it could for Yaakov. We now understand why, while Yosef wept to see his father again, Yaakov remained aloof, choosing instead to say Shema and to connect to the Divine.

    by Rav Zvi Belovski

  2. …We now understand the significance of his name. The verb lehodot means two things. It means “to thank,” which is what Leah has in mind when she gives Judah, her fourth son, his name: “this time I will thank the Lord.” However, it also means, “to admit, acknowledge.” The biblical term vidui, “confession,” – then and now part of the process of teshuvah, and according to Maimonides its key element – comes from the same root. Judah means “he who acknowledged his sin.”

    by Rav Lord Sacks

  3. …To live a decent and spiritual life both powers must be harnessed to serve Hashem – and to benefit our fellow humans. Yosef concentrated his final gesture of forgiveness and caring in the nerve conduit of the body – where the messages and impulses flow from one to the other. He had already explained to them that his intellect understood the reasons for his sale. Now he showed that his heart and mind share the same sentiment.

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