Replicating the narrative / Parashat Miketz
In the final analysis, one cannot cut oneself off from the previous generations; one can only reenact their mistakes.
When the food that Jacob’s sons brought back with them from Egypt runs out, their father consents to their taking Benjamin with them to Egypt. This is a critical moment in the biography of the Patriarch Jacob. The two sons of his late, beloved wife Rachel are taken from him and he feels deprived of everything. He grudgingly gives his permission and, to enhance the prospects that his son will return to him alive...
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