Common Cause?

In this week's portion, we read about an incident involving Potiphar, Potiphar's wife (never named in the Torah), Joseph, who is enslaved within Potiphar's house, and other menservants of the household. Nechama Leibowitz points out how Potiphar's wife uses different language when telling the servants her story and when telling her husband: this reflects an … Continue reading Common Cause?

(#38) No Trial

The biblical Joseph tells his fellow prisoners: "For in truth, I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews; nor have I done anything here that they should have put me in the dungeon.” -- Gen 40:15 Sforno (Italy, c.1470 - 1550 CE) explains that Joseph's meaning: the reason why he will have me released … Continue reading (#38) No Trial

(#36) Joseph in Prison

This stage takes the biblical Joseph into prison, and with his story in mind, we consider the conditions of youth in detention during this pandemic. Just received this from Southern Poverty Law Center and so include it FYI.