web analytics
September 23, 2014 / 28 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



10 Minute Parsha VIDEO

Miketz: Why Didn’t Joseph Write Home?

This new perspective helps us understand Joseph.

bible_joseph

Photo Credit: phillipmartin.info

After Joseph was sold into slavery, why didn’t he ever get in touch with his father? In this video, Rabbi Fohrman will help us attempt to look at the story through Joseph’s eyes, and explore the possibility that Joseph assumed his father was in on the plot. This new perspective helps us understand Joseph, and also his unique relationship with Pharaoh, who becomes the father figure in Joseph’s life.



Visit AlphaBeta.

About the Author: Rabbi David Fohrman is the dean of Aleph Beta Academy. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, and was a lead writer and editor for ArtScroll's Talmud translation project. Aleph Beta creates videos to help people experience Torah in way that is relevant and meaningful to them. for more videos, visit: alephbeta.org.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “Miketz: Why Didn’t Joseph Write Home?”

  1. It takes courage to become a "man" of truth…

  2. it took years I believe before Joseph became an oversee'er in Egypt, He was imprisoned remember, beside I believe Jacob thought Joseph was killed as this was told to Jacob by His brethren. Joseph would have had to sent some sort of news with the same people who picked him out of the pit, and he probably would have to pay those people to send news, and they may never deliver the message. mho

  3. another thought struck me, maybe the Lord spared Jacob knowing that his brethren had sold him, so that when Jacob did see Joseph again, He was overjoyed and the traiterous acts of the brethren might not affected him as badly as knowing the others had lied to him?

  4. sorry another thought, but i dont think Pharaoh became a father figure to Joseph, but rather Pharaoh had great regards for Joseph because he could interpret dreams, again the hand of the Lord at work.

  5. If Joseph assummed his father was in plot, why his father give Joseph many gift and differentiating with his brother?

    Can u explain clearly?

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
EyalGiladNaftali
BREAKING: Kidnappers/Killers of Naftali, Eyal and Gilad Killed in Shootout
Latest Judaism Stories
Teens-091214-Shofar

Hamas’ tunnels were destroyed as were plans for their unparalleled terror attacks on Rosh Hashana.

Hertzberg-092614

Perhaps the most important leadership lesson Elkana taught us is to never underestimate the difference a single person can make.

Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch-NEW

“he’s my rabbi” the Black painter said with pride, pulling out a photo of the Rebbe from his wallet

Rabbi Avi Weiss, head of theYeshivat Chovevei Torah. Rabbi Asher Lopatin will be replacing him as head of the school.

The Torah notes that even when we are dispersed God will return us to Him.

Simply, for Rambam the number 14 (2×7) was his favored organizing principle.

One of the cornerstones of our Jewish life is chesed, kindness. Chesed can only be taught by example

Our understanding of what is and what is not possible creates imagined ceilings of opportunity for us.

This young, innocent child gave me a powerful, warm surge of energy and strength.

The Chafetz Chaim answered that there are two forms of teshuvah; teshuvah m’ahava and teshuvah m’yirah.

Question: I recently loaned money to a friend who has been able to repay only part of it. This was an interest-free loan. We exchanged a signed IOU, not a proper shtar with witnesses, since I have always trusted her integrity and only wanted a document that confirms what was loaned and what was repaid. Now that shemittah is approaching, what should I do? Should I forgive the loan? And if my friend is not able to repay it, may I deduct the unpaid money from my ma’aser requirement?

Name Withheld

A Role Reversal
‘Return, O Wayward Sons…’
(Chagigah 15a)

When the Kleins returned, however, they were dismayed to see that the renters did a poor job cleaning up after themselves.

In Parshas Re’eh the Torah tells us about the bechira to adhere to the commandments of Hashem and refrain from sin. In Parshas Nitzavim, the Torah tells us that we have the choice to repent after we have sinned.

As Moshe is about to die, why does God tell him about how the Israelites will ruin everything?

Jonah objected to God accepting repentance based on ulterior motives and likely for short duration.

More Articles from Rabbi David Fohrman
nitzavim

As Moshe is about to die, why does God tell him about how the Israelites will ruin everything?

We give slave gifts? If he wants to stay, we pierce his ear?!

Since the Children of Israel knew firsthand all the miracles God had done for them, how could lack faith?

Parshat Masei: Rabbi Fohrman addresses the age-old question, are we our brother’s keeper?

Over the next 2 weeks covering portion Matot and Maasei, Rabbi Fohrman will bring order to confusion.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/jewish-columns/rabbi-david-fohrman/miketz-why-didnt-joseph-write-home/2013/11/29/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: