Monday, 18 February 2019
Question of the day: What is the allegorical truth of Genesis chapter 37?
Answer: Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers. This is allegorical to Yeshua being turned over to certain death at the hands of Pontus Pilate by His brothers.
Joseph's brothers used the blood of a substitute goat, but for Yeshua, there was/is no substitute.
When Joseph is sold into slavery, he is "hidden" for a season (13 years, the age of Bar Mitzvah) from his brothers. This is a picture of the afikomen. The afikomen is the half of the middle matzah (3 matzahs on the plate means there is always a middle matzah) which is hidden until it is found and revealed at the end of the seder (the meal that tells the story of redemption).
Rabbi Trail: For those of you who have been living under a rock, the second coming has not yet come. It is, however; on the way, and closer today than it was yesterday
but God only knows when. End RT.
Near the end of Genesis we find this line. Genesis 45:4-5 "Then Joseph said to his brothers, 'Please come near me.' So they came near. 'I'm Joseph, your brother - the one you sold to Egypt,' he said. "So now, don't be grieved and don't be angry in your own eyes that you sold me here - since it was for preserving life that God sent me
here before you.'"
This is a very happy ending to a Bible story that started tragically, with Jacob believing Joseph is dead. Yet the ending is so joyful. The family is reunited and blessed by God. I love this story and it never gets old.
Blessings. R. Michael.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,