A Short Shabbat Reflection from the Weekly Torah Portion by Rabbi Mark
*Bissel: (bis-sel) Yiddish. Meaning: “a little.” “Give me a bissel lox on my bagel, would you, darling?” A biselleh is even less. (www.bubbygram.com)
Parshat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27)
“Joseph could no longer restrain himself…no one remained with him as he made himself known to his brothers. All of Egypt heard his weeping and he said to his brothers, “I am Joseph…”
(45:1-3) Before now, though its hard to believe, Joseph’s brothers didn’t recognize their own brother. Joseph can no longer hold his emotions in check, and the tears begin to flow. They continue to flow, as he weeps upon them and kisses all of his brothers (45:15). This is a solid and cathartic moment in the ups and downs of the roller coaster ride that is Joseph’s relationship with his brothers. It is momentous, magnanimous, and meaningful enough that “all of Egypt heard.” I understand his saying, “I am Joseph,” as not only revealing himself to them, but also as a moment of his self-understanding. Joseph now has a sense of who he really is and what path his life is taking. He is even able now to comfort the very same brothers who years ago had put him in harm’s way.
The paths we take are often filled with laughter, tears and everything in between.
What are the truly meaningful moments in our lives and in our relationships which identify us to others and to ourselves?
How have they shaped our way of being in the world, and how we relate to others?