When Ya’akov and Yosef reunite after seventeen years of separation, Yosef weeps while Ya’akov recites the shema prayer, (“Hear O Israel, HaShem our G-d, HaShem is One”). Was Ya’akov being distant? Cold? On the contrary. By saying the shema at the moment of his reunion with his son, Ya’akov was including his love for G-d with his love for Yosef. For there is no love outside the love of HaShem. HaShem’s love encompasses all.
Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)
Parashat Vayigash is read on Shabbat:
Tevet 4, 5771/December 11, 2010