22.12.2012 09.Tewet. 5773 Wajigasch
‘…And when [Jacob] saw the wagons Joseph had sent to transport him, then the spirit of Jacob their father came back to life’ (Genesis 45:27)
At the conclusion of last week’s portion it seemed as though the glorious family of Abraham – with its lofty mission of bringing the blessings of compassionate righteousness and moral justice to the world – was about to implode. Sibling jealousy, hatred and deception threatened to cause its dissolution even before the 12 sons of Jacob could begin to develop into the nation of Israel. Now, in our poignantly compelling portion of Vayigash, totally unexpectedly, the deceptions are unmasked and the dysfunctional personalities are transformed by repentance, forgiveness and love. What are the necessary steps leading to this remarkable familial reunion?….