30/31 December 2022, 7 Tevet 5783

This week I am away with family taking some days to recharge and be together. It’s fitting that this week’s portion Parashat Vayiggash shows Joseph unable to control himself as he is reunited with his brothers after so many years. The emotion in the verse is palpable;

Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, “Have everyone withdraw from me!”

So there was no one else about when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.

Joseph forgives and loves so fiercely, which I have always felt was so profoundly impressive. He cannot contain his feelings and Torah does not seek to edit them out. This candour is powerful.

Meir Soloveitchik wrote that the Jewish people is the result of God’s falling in love with Abraham and founding a family with him and Sarah.  Families – no matter how complex and strained the relationships – hold us in their grip. And when you can spend easy time together it is a gift of such immense proportion. I’m taking that now with my parents and children.

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom and a nice move into the Gregorian New Year.