The Sixties Radical- Azriel


G-d took care of Joseph. When Potiphar’s wife pressured Joseph to have sex with him Joseph resisted and resisted. She even threatened Joseph with death if he didn’t have sex with her. Joseph saw the face of his father Jacob and he knew G-d had a higher calling on his life. If Joseph sinned Joseph would have affected not only his life but the life of all of us Jews.

G-d has protected me throughout my life. G-d help me  realize every day that my sins not only affect me and my life but those of my family, all of my fellow Jews and followers of Yeshua. G-d please make me clean and let me become like David who repented so hard by fasting and prayer that he murdered his unG-dly side so his soul became one with G-d.

Potiphar’s wife saw through astrological means that she was destined to be the ancestress of Joseph’s descendants. Not knowing that this would happen through her daughter, she sought to seduce Joseph.

[Joseph told Potiphar’s wife,] “How could I commit such a great wrong and also sin before G‑d?” Genesis 39:9

Being a servant, Joseph was obviously at the mercy of his master’s wife. Potiphar’s wife intimidated Joseph with all sorts of threats, including death, if he would not acquiesce to her seduction.1 But then Joseph saw an image of his father Jacob’s face in front of him, from which he understood he was obligated to resist her temptations. Jacob’s face reminded Joseph that our individual sins are not only our own personal matters, for which there might be mitigating rationalizations; they affect the moral balance of all reality.

When confronted with temptation, it is tempting to convince ourselves that nobody will know about it, that it is technically justified, that succumbing to it is only a temporary setback and that we can later repent, and so on. In such moments, we too must “envision the image of Jacob,” that is, remember that our actions are not merely the isolated deeds of individuals in isolated times and places. Our deeds have cosmic ramifications; they can harm or heal the entire world.2   See Yoma 35b; Bemidbar Rabbah 14:18. 2.Hitva’aduyot 5721, vol. 1, pp. 262–265.

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