The Sixties Radicals-Azriel


G-d gave Joseph the insight that we Jews would be in exile for a long time so Joseph wanted to ensure that our love for G-d would overcome the attraction of the worldliness that Egypt offered us.

This is my goal to love G-d with all my heart, mind, body and soul and not love seven-layer cake more. How is this done? Love my wife and my family, love  my fellow Jews and Christians alike and loving my follow man this is how I demonstrate my love for G-d.

The order is simple yet hard. G-d first. Wife second. Temple-Church third and job fourth is the order of my life.

After the meal, Joseph sent the brothers off. Unbeknown to them, however, Joseph had instructed his servant to hide his silver goblet in Benjamin’s pack. Joseph sent his servant to pursue his brothers and the goblet was discovered. By framing Benjamin, Joseph was creating a situation where his brothers could atone for having sold him. When the brothers would put their own lives at risk to save Benjamin, it would be as if they were doing so to save Joseph; thus, they would “undo” their crime against Joseph by doing the exact opposite. The brothers returned to Joseph, who informed them that they were all free to return home except for Benjamin.

[Joseph said,] “Put my goblet – the silver goblet – at the top of the pack of [Benjamin], the youngest one.” Genesis 44:2

Joseph knew that the Jewish people would be in exile for a long time, and that not all of them would possess the same level of Divine consciousness that enabled him to thrive in Egypt. Joseph therefore sought a way of protecting them from Egyptian depravity, ensuring that they would eventually leave Egypt and receive the Torah. Joseph realized that what they needed was a love for G‑d powerful enough to overcome the materialism of Egypt. Joseph’s silver goblet alludes to this love, for the word for “silver” (kesef) is related to the word for “yearning” (kisuf). Joseph further knew that not-yet-fully-righteous people cannot spark such a love by themselves, so he implanted this love in them by “implanting” it within Benjamin.1 Likutei Torah 3:90bc; Ma’amarei Admur HaEmtzai, Bereishit, pp. 291 ff; Or HaTorah, Bereishit, vol. 2, 341a ff; ibid., vol. 6, 1103b ff.

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