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Joseph Makes Himself Known

And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.” Genesis 45:28 NIV Father's joy. He really wanted to see his son, and then such sudden news and an offer come. Of course, much is not clear. It is not clear why Yosef offered the Father and his brothers to go up to Egypt at all? He himself says that Egypt is below (you came down to me) and Eretz Avot/Land of the Fathers is above (go up to my father). Such a powerful man as he could completely feed his father's family in the promised land. Today, a lot of people receive support from their loved ones where they live, and everything is fine. Later, as the Midrash says, Joseph's grandson, Yair, even made conquests in distant Canaan... And everything was successful at a distance. Maybe, as the commentators say, Joseph wanted to build a “new society” in Egypt. But in this case, anyway, why take the family (representatives of the old society) to yourself? What would they interfere wi

Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau

Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my lord Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now. Genesis 32:3-4 NIV We see Jacob returning from Haran. He has wives, children, and property. He had just held the last negotiations with Laban and made peace with him. And here are new expectations, and the incomprehensible participation of ANGELS in the communication of two quarreling brothers - Jacob and Esau. What kind of level of spirituality (positive and negative) do the brothers have such that Angels are sent to communicate between the two, in Hebrew, it is written that these Angels are Jacobs messengers?! And then we see the reconciliation of both. And they cried on each other's shoulders, hugging each other. Lesson. In the end, earthly affairs are decided by people, not by angels... We also read a similar statement in the bo