Od Yoseif Chai
(Joseph is still alive!)
Maggid ben Yoseif
Summary of major points of this study
which began this study, we learned that the enmity and vexation between
Joseph and Judah actually started at the birth of Judah when Rachel
became envious and declared to Jacob that he should give her children or
she would die. Jacob’s response, “Am I in the place of God,” is
the same as Joseph’s response when his brothers are despondent and ready
to be slaves to him after the death of Jacob. This means it could be
rooted in the psyche of Joseph as a result of his mother’s jealousy.
That a son of Rachel would reply in kind (to Jacob’s retort) indicates
that at least in the life of Joseph, a complete
tikkun was made on his part for the enmity and
vexation. But when Jacob adopts Ephraim and Manashe as his own children
giving them tribal status — something he did not do for his other
grandchildren — you can imagine how that went over with his other sons
and grandsons, especially the sons of Judah who became the tribe of the
scepter or the ruling tribe.
There are two rival traditions as to why the Sea of Reeds split. One was
the merit of Joseph as his offspring were carrying his coffin in view of
the sea at the top of the levee. The other was the merit of
a man of
Judah who was the first to dive into the sea. As the tradition goes,
when the water got above his nose the sea parted. Another tradition has
him diving in and the sea splitting so that he hit the dry riverbed! The
early advent of such rival traditions are evidence or the re-emergence
of enmities, especially between the House of Judah and the House of
that the name, "Joseph" was given to indicate that a reproach (of being
barren) was taken away and his name literally means multiplier.
So Joseph becomes the prime candidate for the family to fulfill the
Promise made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob of children so numerous they
cannot be counted.
we learned that the conflict between Esau and Jacob has spiritual
dimensions which only the children of Joseph may be equipped to resolve
at Esau’s demise. We submitted that the unannexed territories provide
the backdrop against which to see the conflict between the House of
Joseph and the House of Esau unfolding — in our day.
we learned that Judah cannot reign successfully without Joseph’s help in
the same way that King David needed the alliance of the House of Joseph
provided to him through his friend, Yonatan, who was the rightful heir
to the throne of his father, Shaul.
saw the mystical after-effects of Joseph being thrown into an empty pit
without water; that only Joseph and perhaps his descendants would become
partakers of the “indwelling
we explained the mystery of
as the mystical imprint in Joseph’s soul which could serve to identify
Joes today. We also saw how Manashe's name reflected that Joseph had
become so assimilated that he had even forgotten his father’s house, yet
he held on to the Torah of the exiles he learned from his father. We
also saw how Benjamin became part of the House of Joseph and that even
so, the Haftorah of Solomon’s choice between two women who both claimed
the same child, showed that Benjamin should be allowed to return to the
family of Judah. We mentioned Chanukah as the propitious time for the
spirit of Joes to confront the spirit of Esau in prayer.
we saw how the soul of Benjamin and the soul of Jacob are intertwined
and how mystically Jacob lives today through Benjamin. That may also be
how Joseph will emerge as part of Jacob as well.
And this week, we examined how prophecies about Ephraim specifically
have dovetailed in Christian writings and how those same writings
require the foundation of Torah to be properly understood. Nevertheless
the picture emerges that the initial Gospel accounts were strictly
intended to seek out and restore the Assimilation of the non-Jewish
House of Israel.
If there is a bottom line to this study it may be that the House of
Joseph is destined to return. That good news may even have been the
original intent of the reNEWed Testament before it was obscured
by all manner of pagan doctrine and religiosity in its interpretations.
But better that this return begin with the support and perhaps the
invitation of Judah … else how can it be a true reconciliation?
Shabbat Shalom & Hashem's love & blessings,
Maggid ben Yosef
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