(Genesis-37:1-40:23)

(Haftara: Amos 2:6-3:8)

  1. [38:25] “ I am pregnant from the person who owns these…”   From the story of Tamar and Yehuda we learn that one who has embarrassed someone in public has done a very serious sin. Why is embarrassing someone publicly considered such a serious sin? Certainly if a person were endangering another’s life, we could embarrass him publicly in order to stop him. Under what other circumstances would one be allowed to embarrass a person publicly?

 

  1. [39:2]   “And God was with Yosef and Yosef was a successful man…” It seems that everyone liked Yosef. If Yosef could gain people’s trust and affection so quickly, why couldn’t he get along with his brothers?

 

  1. [39:4] ” …and he put him in charge of his house…” It seems that Yosef was well-liked, and was recognized for his superior talents wherever he was in Egypt. Why couldn’t he have done the same with his bothers? Was it Yosef’s fault that his own brothers turned against him or is it natural in a family that a younger brother will not be admired for superior talents?

 

  1. [39:20]   “And Yosef’s master took him and he put him in jail…”   Potiphar was a powerful person in the Egyptian government. One would think that Yosef would be executed for his alleged crime. Why does Yosef get off so easily, with only a jail term?

 

  1. [Haftara: Amos 2:7] “…they turn aside the way of the humble…” What is the “way of the humble”? How is it turned “aside ”

Commentary

[37:2 ] “These are the offspring of Ya’akov—Yosef…”

(Yosef means “to add” in Hebrew.) A Jew should never be satisfied with what he has already achieved, and say that he has reached his final goal. Rather one should always be trying to progress in morality and holiness. “These are the achievements of Ya’akov”—to constantly accomplish more and more.

–R. Menachem Mendel of Rimonov

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Yosef Yechiel ben Eliyahu Kummer and Eliyahu and Margaret Kummer