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I have no choice but to care

Friday, 6 January, 2017 - 8:49 am

In this week's Torah portion we read about the famous reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers. After having sold him into slavery 22 years prior, Joseph sees that they've repented and identifies himself as their long lost brother, and now with some time they work to rebuild their relationship.

However, prior to the reconciling, Yehuda is forced to confront Joseph (not yet knowing who is talking to) and threaten, beg, plead for Benjamin's life. He tells Joseph, "because I guaranteed to my father" that I'd protect and bring back your youngest son.

The sages learn the entire legal concept of guarantor-ship, including monetary guarantees from this verse. Furthermore, they quote from the Talmud, "that all Jews are guarantors for one another." 


This story conveys to us the spiritual, and legal obligation to stand up and not remain silent or hidden when our fellow is struggling or suffering.

Locally within our community, we all know people going through difficult times, be they financial, health or otherwise, and globally, our homeland, Eretz Yisroel is struggling against an international slew of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish actions. From the UN, to the upcoming Paris meetings and beyond. 

We are our brothers keepers. We are responsible for one another. We must not hide. We must stand up and help. If that means giving someone a lift to a doctors appointment, writing a check to help someone in dire straights, to attending a pro-Israel event or signing a petition, we must not forget that we are our brothers guarantor. 

Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

P.S. Harford Chabad was supportive of visiting the IDF this past Chanukah here are some pictures


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