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The Torah In Haiku: Mikeitz

The Torah In Haiku: Mikeitz

 
 
Joseph, the dreamer
Joseph, Pharaoh's number two
Joseph, brought to tears
 
He still has to learn
Tears do not reveal weakness
They help us to heal
 
 
 
 
First, after he hears his brothers express regret for how they treated him:
 
Genesis 42:23-24
They did not realize that Joseph was listening, since they [had spoken to him] through a translator. Joseph left them and wept. When he returned, he spoke to them sternly again.
 
Later, after Joseph sees his younger brother, Benjamin:
 
Genesis 43:30-31
Joseph rushed out. His emotions had been aroused by his brother, and he had to weep. He went to a room and there he wept. He washed his face and came out. Holding in his emotions, he said, 'Serve the meal.'
 
In this week's Ten Minutes of Torah, Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff writes about Joseph's inability to cry in front of others (an inhibition he will overcome next week) and discusses why we shouldn't be afraid to express emotions through tears. Click here to read his commentary.
 
 
Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL. This post is from his blog The Torah in Haiku.

Published: 11/29/2013

Categories: Learning, Torah Study

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