Of sin and sanctification / Parashat Vayeshev
According to the Talmud's interpretation, Jacob's image depletes Joseph's energies and he is thrust back into the family context, which enables him to summon the will power to overcome his lust.
"Any person who refrains from committing a sin or who observes a commandment not due to anything related to this earthly existence - such as fear, awe or a desire for prestige - but rather because of a desire to serve God, just as the righteous Joseph refrained from lying with his master's wife, sanctifies God's name" (Maimonides, Yad Hakhazaka, Hilkhot Yesodey Tora 5:10). In this reference, Maimonades...
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