Creating Family Peace
Joseph serves as a model of creating opportunities for repentance and forgiveness.
Through his elaborate scheme, Joseph gives his brothers the opportunity to prove to themselves that they have done t'shuvah--that they are indeed men of virtue. Joseph, who long ago realized that his brothers were only following God's decree, has to help them forgive themselves. Only then will they all be able to work together as an am kadosh, a holy people. We can use this lesson to repair tears within struggling families, whether our own or those of our friends.
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