The Key to Redemption

It is amazing: the lower Yosef goes physically, the higher he goes spiritually. The more humiliated and scorned he is, the more he builds and elevates his personality. The pinnacle is when he is thrown into jail in Egypt for false accusations. He is a maternal orphan, his brothers threw him away, and now he has all the reasons to be sad and self-centered. But when two Egyptian ministers join him in his cell, Yosef tells them the following surprising sentence: “Why do you look so sad today?”. This moment, in which he pays attention to other people, becomes the turning point of his life. From here everything changes and he starts climbing back up, out of jail: they tell him the dreams they had, he interprets the dreams, and then when Pharaoh dreams a dream, one of the ministers remembers Yosef and he goes out of jail. After he will solve Pharaoh’s dream too, he will assume a senior position in the palace, and then will save both Egypt and his brothers from hunger, and will meet them again. Why did all of this happen? Because of a small moment in which Yosef didn’t immerse in self-pity, but tried to notice how others feel, and help them. One can never know what the effect of a phrase such as “good morning, how are you?” might be

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Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya, the mother of five. Lives in Jerusalem. She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Radio). Her lectures on the weekly Torah portion are attended by hundreds and the live broadcast attracts thousands more listeners throughout the world.
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