Revealing his true identity, the viceroy cannot control his emotions.
Joseph used his position of rulership to help his brothers develop coping skills for their upcoming exile.
As God promises to accompany Jacob into exile, we learn that sometimes the challenge of being fully present and sharing in someone's pain is greater than relieving their suffering.
Joseph teaches us to use our material success in the service of those who are needy.
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.
Judah's plea to Joseph marks his transition into claiming responsibility and facing the consequences of his actions.
As Jacob descends to Egypt he calls on the God of Isaac to assure him that this decision is correct.
Like Judah's approach to Joseph, the people of Israel must sometimes remind God of our unique commitment to one another.
Judah's plea to Joseph is a sign of his personal growth and ability to empathize with his father's grief.