Judah did a one eighty. He was the one with the help of his brothers to put Joseph in slavery. Judah was given a second chance to repent and turn back to G-d. Judah did when he stood up to Joseph concerning Benjamin. Thus G-d saw the change in Judah and this repentance by Judah allowed David our greatest king and Yeshua the Jewish Messiah to be born out of the House of Judah.
This simple act of repentance set in motion G-d’s plan to be born our Saviour Yeshua for us Jews first and then the rest of the world. This is the good news that the Kingdom of Heaven is coming and it is time for us Jews to turn back to G-d.
How many times has G-d given me a second chance to repent? Too many times not to mention. G-d has given me a piece of HIS soul at Mount Sinai. No matter how times I try and run from this I can’t. G-d has placed in me a G-dly soul to seek Him no matter what. I can’t run from this. It is a part of my DNA.
I am learning to use the example of Judah to repent no matter how bad I have sinned. I want to seek G-d and beg for HIS forgiveness. When I do this, sparks of HIS Kingdom will come down to earth to bring about the Messianic Age.
“Hearing that Joseph intended to retain Benjamin as his slave, Judah stepped forward to argue with Joseph. Although he spoke respectfully, he told Joseph that he would not tolerate this injustice to his brother – as well as to his father Jacob, who would not survive the loss of the only remaining son of his wife Rachel.
Judah then approached [Joseph]. Genesis 44:18
Judah did not shy away from speaking harshly with Joseph; moreover, he began his appeal harshly. He knew that when someone’s life is at stake, we must not be diplomatic; our listeners must sense that we are not involved because of ulterior motives, such as political or financial interests. When it is clear that the cause for which we are fighting cuts to the core of our being, it will evoke an honorable and compassionate response.
Today’s “Benjamins,” our Jewish children, are threatened by a different sort of “Egypt” – that of assimilation. To save these Benjamins, we cannot wait for someone to appoint committees that will conduct lengthy research and then deliberate over what should be done and how much it will cost, etc. When lives are at stake, we must do whatever we can to save them, immediately.
Judah’s efforts proved unexpectedly fruitful: his presumed enemy proved to be his greatest ally, and even Pharaoh himself provided the greatest possible means for securing the uncompromised continuity of Jewish tradition. So it will be when we follow Judah’s example, selflessly and vigorously exerting ourselves on behalf of our children.1Likutei Sichot, vol. 20, pp. 216–217