Vayigash: When Are Your Friends Not Your Friends? (December 16, 2018)

This portion is the story of the Jews’ descent into Egypt, thru a friendly pharoah.

In this week’s Bible portion “G‑d appeared to him (Jacob) and told him not to be afraid to go to Egypt, because He would be with him & eventually turn his small family into a great nation; then He would bring them back from Egypt and they would settle in the land of Canaan.”

We must trust in God, because God is God.

But can we always trust those who profess to be our friends?

“When Joseph heard that his father was coming, he prepared a big reception. All of Egypt was celebrating the arrival of their govenor’s father.”

The same people who…would brutally enslave them later.

Under a leader who at first welcomed them, and even received Jacob’s blessing — and then refused to let them leave.


By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.