He Lived

Last weeks Old Testament (Torah) portion is the last reading from the book of Genesis called Vayechi (ויחי), which means “he lived.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years” (Genesis 47:28). Genesis ends with the death of Jacob, followed shortly by the death of Joseph. Each of us, like Jacob and Joseph, is on our individual journey, which often takes us far from our home, through this life. We can find our salvation, in this journey, through consciousness of our connection with the Divine Force of Creation. Our life ends in eternal peace, like Jacob and Joseph, in a reunion with the Divine Force of Creation. Amen SPIRITUAL (ABRAHAMIC) JUDAISM- ONE PEOPLE WORLD UNITED


Joseph is an important person in the Hebrew Bible and in the Quran, where he connects the story of Abraham (the fathr of Christian, Muslims and Jews), Isaac and Jacob in Canaan to the subsequent story of the liberation of the descendants from slavery in Egypt. Joseph’s father Jacob favored him and gave Joseph a coat of many colors as a gift. As a result, he was envied by his brothers, who saw the special coat as his father liking him the best and an indication that Joseph would assume family leadership. His brothers’ suspicion grew when Joseph told them of his two dreams (Genesis 37:11) in which all the brothers bowed down to him. The narrative tells that his brothers plotted against him when he was 17, and would have killed him had not the eldest brother Reuben interposed. He persuaded them instead to throw Joseph into a pit and secretly planned to rescue him later. However, while Reuben was absent, the others dragged Joseph up and sold him to the merchants for 20 pieces of silver. The brothers then dipped Joseph’s coat in goat blood and showed it to their father, saying that Joseph had been torn apart by wild beasts. The Book of Genesis, then, tells that despite Joseph being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, he rose to become the most powerful man in Egypt next to Pharaoh. Genesis 37:1-36 So you see my friend, Joseph reached the point of total despair. He was totally alone, abandoned by his family and sold into slavery. Yet through the depths of his despair and depression, he found his faith in the Holy Spirit that connects and is ONE with ALL people, Creation and Creator. Through that faith he rose again through connection and ONENESS with others and Creator and created his own family and prospered and became the link between Abraham and Moses. AMEN