This week’s Torah portion is Vayigash from the book of Genesis. It tells the story of the reunion of Joseph and his brothers in Egypt. This Parshah is especially relevant as we take time at this point in the year to celebrate the importance of family, and the values that hold us together.
The Parshah begins with the brothers, who had previously sold Joseph into slavery, coming to Egypt seeking food during a famine. They do not recognize Joseph, who is now a powerful official in Pharaoh's court, but Joseph recognizes them and tests their repentance by accusing them of espionage and imprisoning Simeon.
Despite the rift between them, the love and bond of family ultimately bring Joseph and his brothers back together. This moment of reconciliation and forgiveness is a powerful reminder of the enduring power of family ties and the importance of seeking and granting forgiveness in our own relationships.
In addition to forgiveness, the Parshah also teaches us about the value of commitment to our family. When we take action to bring our family together, we strengthen the bonds that create a foundation of love and support that can weather any storm.
As we prepare to enter Shabbat, May we find joy and meaning in the relationships we share with those we love.
Rabbi Spike Anderson