Jacob sent 10 of his sons, except his youngest Benjamin, to Egypt to find food.
When Jacob’s sons arrived in Egypt, they went straight to the king’s castle. Jacob’s sons approached Pharaoh’s quarters where they saw their brother Joseph sitting on a glorious throne.
Joseph recognized his brothers, but the brothers did not recognize Joseph.
The story Joseph’s brothers told did not match up exactly.
Where was their father? Where was the youngest brother Benjamin?
Joseph ordered the brothers to return to their home land and bring back their youngest brother Benjamin and father Jacob to prove they were telling the truth.
The brothers did as they were asked. They went back to Canaan and returned with Benjamin and Jacob.
During the spectacular family reunion, Joseph revealed himself to his brothers and forgave them for the horrible thing they did. Joseph embraced his father and hugged him after all the years of being apart.
This amazing event in Jewish history also marked the ending of the first book of the Torah, Genesis.
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Rabbi Marc Rubenstein is the Rabbinical Scholar in Residence for Congregation B’nai Chaim.