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How Will You Remember 2012?

Posted on 12/21/2012 @ 07:11 PM

In the Bible, Joseph after a transformation from slave to high ruler, reveals his identity to the brothers who sold him into slavery.

And Joseph said unto his brethren: 'Come near to me, I pray you.' And they came near. And he said: 'I am Joseph your brother, who you sold into Egypt. And now do not be grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me into slavery; for G-d did send me before you to preserve life. (Genesis 45: 4-5)

Instead of placing blame on his brothers for his enslavement and all that ensued, Joseph saw it as a positive, as it led to so much opportunity for himself and the Jewish people.

It’s common to close out a secular year reflecting on our life. We have the opportunity to think on our regrets and focus in on things that didn’t turn out how we’d planned. However, we also have the opportunity to learn from Joseph and reframe our history in a positive light. Instead of thinking about all the things that didn't go right, celebrate those that did and resolve to continue on those paths. Life throws us all curveballs. It is up to each of us to decide how we remember the experience and the outcome.

Over the next week and a half, as you celebrate two Shabbatot, and hopefully enjoy some rest and relaxation, think of Joseph and what his attitude allowed him to accomplish. How do you want to remember this year?

Shabbat shalom, and happy (secular) new year!

(This Shabbat message was brought to you by Jessica Leving, GMR Program Associate, and Aleeza Lubin, Midwest DJE)

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