The Word That Purifies Parashat Vayeshev

Each commentator reveals God in a different manner, and the attempt to attach meaning to it reveals more about the commentator than about the narrative.

Psalm 105 tersely relates the story of Joseph, which is presented in detail in this week’s Torah reading. According to Psalms, “He sent a man before them; Joseph was sold for a servant; his feet they hurt with fetters, his person was laid in iron; until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested [or refined] him” ‏(Psalms 105:17-19‏).