This week's parsha
Unless otherwise noted, "This week's Parsha" comprises articles taken from contributors to the Chabad.org website. We show the original author's name here, so that proper attribution is given. For the sake of brevity, footnotes cited in the original author's writings are omitted from this website. If you need to see the citations, please refer to the original articles on the Chabad.org website.
The Author of Our Lives
It was Joseph’s first real attempt to take his fate into his own hands, and it failed. Or so it seemed.
Consider the story so far, as set out in last week’s parshah. Almost everything that happens in Joseph’s life falls into two categories. The first are the things done to him. His father loves him more than his other sons. He gives him a richly embroidered cloak.
Serenity or Struggle?
We often hear that the goal of life is personal serenity. We can all relate to this. No problems, no difficulties. Every day peaceful and calm. The sun always shining. It sounds good!
"But -- wait a minute," you say. "What if a person has things to achieve in life? Can you always be calm and peaceful? Might there not be something worth struggling for, worth striving for? Isn't there something we want to achieve?"
Believe in Your Child
My nineteen-year-old son was playing soccer with his much younger cousins. Although it was three against one, my son went easy on his cousins and was down by several points. It was only when my son’s five-year-old cousin joined his team that he began to play harder for his young teammate’s sake. And by the end of the game, my son had turned the score around and won the game. The little boy went around bragging that he had won the game. Until he joined the team, his nineteen-year-old cousin was losing, and only after he joined the team their team won.
I can’t tell you how proud I was to watch my son smile and allow his little cousin to believe in himself.