Monday, November 26, 2007
VaYeishev 5631 First Ma'amar
This week's parsha relates the story of how Yosef was kidnapped and separated from his father Ya'akov for 22 years. The Midrash says that after his struggles with Lavan, Esav, and Shechem, Ya'akov Avinu wanted to live a life of peace and calm. This was not to be. Specifically because this was his desire, the distress of Yosef was brought upon him. We usually interpret this Midrash as referring to the physical struggles that Ya'akov endured during the course of his life. However, the Sfas Emes explains that this Midrash is actually referring to Ya'akov Avinu's spiritual struggles culminating in his final spiritual struggle represented by Yosef. What spiritual struggles did Ya’akov endure? Click here to see entire ma'amar.