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Parshat Vayechi                                                     December 18, 2021  14 Tevet, 5782
                                          Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Parshat Vayechi
             ARTSCROLL  268            The book of Bereishit   Egypt! And now, do not be   accident. The plot to kill
                 HERTZ  180            ends on a sublime note of  distressed and do not be angry  him, his sale as a slave, the
                                                                                           false accusations of
                                                               with yourselves for selling me
                                       reconciliation between
                                       Jacob’s sons. Joseph’s   here, because it was to save   Potiphar’s wife, his time in
                 HAFTORAH              brothers were afraid that  lives that God sent me ahead   prison, and his disappointed
            ARTSCROLL   1145           he had not really forgiven  of you. For two years now   hope that the chief butler
                 HERTZ  191            them for selling him into   there has been famine in the   would remember him and
                                       slavery. They suspected   land, and for the next five   secure his release – all
                                       that he was merely      years there will be no      these events that might
                     Times             delaying his revenge until  ploughing and reaping. But   have cast him into ever-
                                       their father died. After   God sent me ahead of you to   deeper depths of despair
                                       Jacob’s death, they     preserve for you a remnant on  turned out in retrospect to
           Weekly Times                  express their concern to   earth and to save your lives by  be necessary steps in the
           Shacharit: Sun.    7:30/8:30 am   him. But Joseph insists:   a great deliverance. So then, it  journey that eventuated in
           Mon. & Thurs.     6:35/7:45 am   “Do not be afraid. Am I in  was not you who sent me here,  his becoming second-in-
                                       the place of God? You   but God.” (Gen. 45:3-8)     command in Egypt and the
           Tues.                                     0/7:45 am   intended to harm me, but   one person capable of
           Asara B’Tevet               God intended it for good,   This is a crucial moment in the   saving the whole country –
           Wed. & Fri.       6:45/7:45 am   to accomplish what is   history of faith. It marks the   as well as his own family –
           Mincha                4:10 pm   now being done, the   birth of forgiveness, the first   from starvation in the years
                                       saving of many lives. So   recorded moment at which one   of famine. Joseph had, in
           Shabbat Times                                       person forgives another for a
                                       then, do not be afraid. I   wrong they have suffered. But   double measure, one of the
           Candle Lighting      4:10 pm   will provide for you and   it also establishes another   necessary gifts of a leader:
                                       your children.” And he                              the ability to keep going
           Friday Mincha        4:10 pm   reassured them and   important principle: the idea of   despite opposition, envy,
                                       spoke kindly to them.   Divine Providence. History is   false accusation and
           Hashkama             8:00 am   (Gen. 50:19-21) This is   not, as Joseph Heller called it,   repeated setbacks. Every
                                       the second time Joseph   “a trash bag of random     leader who stands for
           Parsha Shiur         8:30 am                        coincidences blown open in the
                                       has said something like   wind.” It has a purpose, a   anything will face
           Main Sanctuary       9:00 am   this to them. Earlier he   point, a plot. God is at work   opposition. This may be a
                                       spoke similarly when he                             genuine conflict of interests.
           Youth Minyan         9:00 am   first disclosed that he –   behind the scenes. “There’s a   A leader elected to make
                                       the man they thought    divinity that shapes our ends,”   society more equitable will
           Beit Midrash         9:15 am   was an Egyptian viceroy   says Hamlet, “rough-hew them   almost certainly win the
                                       called Tzophnat         how we will.” Joseph’s      support of the poor and the
           Gemara Shiur         3:35 pm                        greatness was that he sensed
                                       Pa’aneach – was in fact   this. He saw the bigger picture.   antagonism of the rich. One
           Mincha/SS            4:05 pm   their brother Joseph: “I   Nothing in his life, he now   elected to reduce the tax
                                       am your brother Joseph,                             burden will do the opposite.
           Shabbat Ends         5:19 pm   the one you sold into   knew, had happened by
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