Vayigash: By What Currency do you Measure Success

For twenty-two years, Yaakov Avinu was in a state of mourning. His beloved son, the one who most closely followed in his ways, the one whom he envisioned as the leader of the next generation, had been taken from him — and the boy was still a youth. For all those years, Yaakov was inconsolable. Now the brothers had come back with the news: “Yosef is still alive!” At first Yaakov could not believe it…






Vayigash: Life is Like a Video Game

For most of his life, Yaakov Avinu suffered tests, trials and tribulations. It seems that his days were spent moving from adversity to crisis. Clearly, he didn’t have it easy, and the suffering took its toll. When Yaakov came down to Mitzrayim and appeared in the king’s court, Pharaoh was so astounded at how aged Yaakov looked that his very first utterance was, “How old are you?” The Rishonim explain that Yaakov looked older than…






Vayigash: Locking in the Moment

A most joyous reunion Yosef was the most beloved of Yaakov’s sons. All of the Torah that he learned, he taught to Yosef. In Yosef, Yaakov saw brilliant intelligence and wisdom, In Yosef, he saw all of the attributes of his beloved Rochel — the kindness, the beauty, and the leadership qualities needed to head a nation. In Yosef, he recognized all of his own life events playing out in parallel. When Yaakov gave the…






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