Genesis 37:2
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2  This, then, is the line of Yaakov: At seventeen years of age, Yosef tended the flocks with his brothers, as a helper to the sons of his father’s wives Bilha and Zilpa. And Yosef brought bad reports of them to their father.

AY-leh tol-DOT ya-a-KOV yo-SAYF ben sh’-va es-RAY sha-NAH ha-YAH ro-EH et e-KHAV ba-TZON v’-HU NA-ar et b’-NAY bil-HAH v’-et b’-NAY zil-PAH n’-SHAY a-VEEV va-ya-VAY yo-SAYF et di-ba-TAM ra-AH el a-vee-HEM

ב  אֵלֶּה תֹּלְדוֹת יַעֲקֹב יוֹסֵף בֶּן־שְׁבַע־עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה הָיָה רֹעֶה אֶת־אֶחָיו בַּצֹּאן וְהוּא נַעַר אֶת־בְּנֵי בִלְהָה וְאֶת־בְּנֵי זִלְפָּה נְשֵׁי אָבִיו וַיָּבֵא יוֹסֵף אֶת־דִּבָּתָם רָעָה אֶל־אֲבִיהֶם׃

 37:2   Yosef tended the flocks with his brothers

“Mikve Yisrael” Agricultural School, 1970

It is no coincidence that so many biblical heroes are shepherds. The Sages point out that this simple profession is excellent spiritually, for two reasons. On one hand, the abundance of time for quiet reflection and meditation allows the shepherd to develop an intimate relationship with Hashem. On the other hand, a shepherd who excels in his work acquires a deep sensitivity to the needs of each and every sheep in his flock. What Yosef learns as a young shepherd enables him to become a paradigm of leadership for all future generations in the service of God and the service of man.

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  • The placement of the "Aleph/Tav" symbols in this verse are interestingly curious. It is natural to find the symbol placed in conjunction with Joseph, his brothers, and the wives of Ya'acov mentioned. However, the symbol is also placed in conjunction with the brother's "evil report" about Yosef. How could our loving Elohim associate Himself with, or otherwise allow evil to come upon His children? The report from his brothers certainly was evil, even to the evil act AND lie to cover it up. However, it was necessary to affect the future Salvation of his people.

    • Always look for G-d's purpose – as we go forward seeking that closer relationship with Him, we can be assured that even when things look ridiculously impossible, there is a purpose of G-d that will be fulfilled in the process. If we don't see that purpose during the time of 'crisis' we will at some time in our lives be able to look back and breathe that ahhhh – I see now. Joseph is a great example. What was meant to destroy him actually made him stronger and prepared him for the greater things of G-d.

  • Much will be required of Yoseph in his lifetime and he must endure a lot of challenges that come in the form of jealousy from his brothers and overcoming his own ego and selfishness. His struggles continue as he's sold into slavery and with his success comes the wicked intentions of his master's wife and an extended period in a prison cell as a result of that.
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    He must spend much of his young life wondering if he's really blessed or cursed by Elohim. It's funny, because so many times we find ourselves wondering the same thing when troubles come our way.
    Baruch Hashem.

 

Genesis 37:2

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