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A global computer system outage causes widespread flight cancellations, stranding hundreds of thousands of passengers at airports. During a winter storm, multiple auto accidents close major highways. The person who promised to send a reply “right away” has failed to do so. Delays can often produce anger, frustration and much suffering. Our tradition teaches us that patience is an antidote to these emotions because at the time of the delay we can’t know how things will ultimately turn out in the future.
One of the Bible’s great examples of patience is Joseph, who was sold to slave traders by his jealous brothers, falsely accused by his employer’s wife, and imprisoned in Egypt. “But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him” (Genesis 39:20–21). Years later, when Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, he was made second in command in Egypt (ch. 41).
The most remarkable fruit of his patience occurs in this week’s Torah portion Vayigash when his brothers came to buy grain during a famine. “I am your brother Joseph,” he told them, “the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. . . . So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God” (45:4–5, 8). Now shalom bayit, peace within the family, reigns instead of jealous dissension and hatred between the brothers.
In all our delays, brief or long, may we, like Joseph, gain patience, perspective, and peace as we trust in the Lord.
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Save the Date!
Tuesday, December 18, the Rabbi's adult education classes continue. We study the weekly Torah portion the first hour and discuss a Jewish short story the second hour. Free and all are welcome.
Shabbat, December 21, Our next Jewish renewal Shabbat service with a free congregational dinner following. RSVP at the synagogue office Remember we begin at 6 PM.
Tuesday, December 25, 1 PM Our Jewish film Festival series begins screening first season of the award-winning Amazon prime comedy,The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.