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Power Of Yosef's
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finally reveals himself to his
brothers, they are speechless — they
literally cannot answer. And they
begin to back away until Yosef
) Back In Time
finally has to say, "Come here!
I'm talking to you."
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Why do they back away? They
ne of the benefits of a
"This Month in Jewish History"
shrink from their long-lost brother
recent family simchah was
out of embarrassment and fear —
the opportunity to spend
shame for what they've done and
time with my brother and
fear of what they expect Yosef to do
his family, who came from Israel.
to them in return.
Faced with constant physical
) What's Eating
Yet, Yosef continues, "Don't be
threats from without and a dubioul
economy from within, their love for
yourselves that you sold
the land and dedication to
me because God sent
it remain steadfast; I con-
me here to preserve life.
stantly marvel at their opti-
It wasn't really you who
mism and good nature; and
it was God's
when I hear their attitude
hand all along.
towards life, it makes my
Imagine that. After
problems seem trivial in
the years of pain and
suffering, the years of
Imagine that you are
servitude, slavery and
Yosef, about to confront
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prison, when Yosef final-
your brothers — the very
ly has the chance to
same men who, 20 years
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put him in that horrible
ery. This isn't some minor
has both spawned and
situation, what does he
argument they got into —
cashed in on a thriving
say? "Don't be upset
they didn't fight about who
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of the car on the way home
Read about it on
Yosef is a man who
from the ball game or who
can look at the worst
got to choose what television.show
possible situation and find the good
they'd all watch.
it. Yes, those years were diffi-
Yosef's brothers actually got rid
cult and painful. But Yosef is a man
of him — or at least they thought
`The Last Jew'
whose attitude overcomes all else,
so — forever. They sent him away
In this Jewish.com feature,
and who finds the good that comes
— away from his home, his family,
his life. Can you imagine being sent
away from home at the age of 17,
reviews this tale of tragedy
you cut away all the junk, every sit-
never to return? Now imagine that
and triumph, adventure
uation is a choice. We might not be
your own brothers had been the
able to control the circumstances,
people who sent you. How would
but we certainly can control our
you feel? How would you react?
reaction to them.
Well, I can tell you how I think I
We choose how we react to
would feel about my brothers. I'd
Only we choose how
hate them. I'd want them to suffer
affect our mood.
for the rest of their lives for what
The bottom line is that it really is
they did. And Yosef is in a position
all up to us.
to make it happen. He's the second
in command in the entire country!
He can throw the brothers in jail,
have them locked up, throw away
the key and see how they feel. He
can sell them into slavery and see
how they do. And they would have
Rashi teaches us that when
Yosef finally meets his father
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What does Yosef really do?
and cries on his father's shoul-
How does he react to his brothers?
der, his father cannot answer
The Torah tells us that when Yosef
because he's reciting the
Shema. Can't Ya'akov find a
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better time to daven? Why
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does he say the Shema precisely
at this time?
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