This week’s parsha post was written by Jessica Baverman, an alumni of the 2012-2013 Yahel Social Change Program.
In parsha Vayigash, Judah and his brothers approach Joseph, who is now Pharoah’s trusted advisor, and Judah pleads for the release of Benjamin. In doing so, Judah offers himself as a slave instead of Benjamin. In recognizing Judah’s transformation from when Joseph was sold into slavery, Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers. The brothers are remorseful, but Joseph says that it was G-d who sent Joseph to Egypt so that he may save the entire region from famine.
Judah had to make himself vulnerable in order
for Joseph to reveal his true identity. It was only with Judah’s personal transformation – from the one who sold Joseph to slavery to the one who speaks up to save his brother Benjamin – that Joseph felt it was appropriate to reveal his identity to his brothers.
Often, we find it incredibly difficult to become vulnerable before others, but in fact, our vulnerability tends to allow others to gain our trust.
When living in Gedera, I made Hebrew mistakes all the time, and I was nervous about making those mistakes in front of the kids. Instead, it worked in my favor because my vulnerability helped me create stronger relationships with the kids. In this week to come, may we remember that our vulnerability can and will lead to stronger relationships. We simply have to have the courage to be vulnerable. For more on vulnerability, watch this video! Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability | Video on TED.com
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