Vayigash

PRAYING“Joseph went up to meet his father Israel, he fell on his neck and wept excessively.”
~ Genesis 46:29

Can you imagine being reunited with family you’d thought dead for 22 years?

Joseph’s response is fitting. Jacob’s, however, is sorely lacking. Why didn’t he cry?

The Rabbis say he was busy saying the Shemah.

Shemah is an essential prayer, but surely in that moment it was a detachment from reality!

On the contrary, God’s not a superhero we only call out to in emergencies. God’s a life-partner, so the relationship should span every emotion, especially times of great joy.

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