“Hineni – Here I am!” – without question or condition, full of readiness for self sacrifice, to go beyond the call of duty, to perform the word of HaShem. This is the response of Yosef to Yaakov’s instruction to him to seek out his brothers in Shechem, and this guileless willingness to throw himself whole heartedly and without reservation into G-d’s great plan for mankind in order to do his part – this is what distinguishes Yosef from his brothers at the outset of Vayeshev, and this is what propels him to a position of great prominence and power in the land of Egypt and the royal court of Pharaoh.
Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23)
Parashat Vayeshev is read on Shabbat:
Kislev 23, 5776/December 5, 2015