Sanguinary Reflections / Parashat Vayigash

Joseph's survival of his ordeal transforms the decapitated heifer from the symbolic depiction of his being sold into slavery into the last cord connecting Joseph to his father.

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After Joseph discloses his true identity to his brothers, he sends them, in accordance with Pharaoh’s instructions, back to Canaan to bring Jacob to Egypt, and also gives them presents for their father: “and...