The transformation into a sacred people occurs not through miracles but rather through steady education, discipline and communal reinforcement.
Like the Israelites, modern Jews face the challenge of responsibly establishing new guidelines and directions for the Jewish community.
The Torah mentions the ages of Moses and Aaron to teach us that age is a source of pride and that by honoring the elderly we bring richness to our own lives.
By listing the names of Jacob's family members who went into Egypt the Torah reminds us of the number of people who affect our lives.
Joseph's warning to his brothers not to quarrel on their way instructs us as well in our relationships with our families and the larger Jewish community.
Joseph reminds us that our perspective of reality is limited compared to the ultimate meaning that God perceives.
To be fully educated and human we must study a range of disciplines--humanities and sciences, secular and Judaic.