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Great Expectations

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Vayigash, as the name of this week’s portion implies, is about showing up, showing who you really are. It is a deeply emotional climax of revelations. As the spotlight moves from Reuven, Judah, Joseph and Benjamin, the anticipation is immense as we re-encounter Jacob. How is he going to show up?

The narrative is lengthy perhaps as a way to develop the drama and foster the tension and suspense. Having received the news that his son Joseph is in fact alive, Jacob in the guise of Yisrael and all of his family begin the journey south to Egypt, stopping in Beer Sheva. Almost like his children in the back of the car, or wagon, we want to get there already! We cannot wait for the reunion, the embrace, the relief and the momentary, at least, happy ending. Yet we stop on the way, prompting us to call and wonder are we there yet? Jacob offers sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac, (not Abraham?) and then God appears 46:2;

וַיֹּ֨אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֤ים ׀ לְיִשְׂרָאֵל֙ בְּמַרְאֹ֣ת הַלַּ֔יְלָה וַיֹּ֖אמֶר יַעֲקֹ֣ב ׀ יַעֲקֹ֑ב וַיֹּ֖אמֶר הִנֵּֽנִי׃


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