Learn from Congregation B’nai Chaim: Moving past the pain of trauma

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Rabbi Emily Holtzman is the speaker for High Holidays at Congregation B’nai Chaim in Murrieta. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Rabbi Emily JK Holtzman Special to Valley News Though his storyline is the single longest individual narrative in the Torah, I have never been a huge fan of Joseph. You know, that strapping young lad who even has his own Broadway musical? It was not until this year that I began feeling empathy for Joseph. At the end of the story last week, Joseph has just accused Benjamin, the youngest brother, of stealing a goblet. This week, Parsha Vayigash in Genesis 44:18-47:27 opens with Judah pleading for Benjamin to be allowed to come home with them. Finally Joseph cannot control himself any longer and orders everyone but his brothers out of the room. Only then does he reveal his true identity and inquires about the well-being of his father. The last time Joseph saw his brothers was when
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