Vayigash

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In this penultimate parasha of Genesis we study Joseph's dealings with his brothers and how throughout their common life the brothers hated him for no reason - a sentiment that will be with them to the final chapter of Genesis, and the final chapter of their lives. We study several examples in the text where Joseph - as the ruler of Egypt - shows them extreme goodness and benevolence which they are consistently unable to see because of their preconceptions and their fear. Ultimately, in the person of Judah becoming a "pledge" for his brother Benjamin (this word in Hebrew means "to be mixed-in with") - we see the brothers finally finding peace in unity and in acceptance of the will of God.

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