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11. "I seek my brothers..."

  Rabbi Yehuda interprets the title quotation to indicate Joseph's intimate association with righteousness and the Shechinah. We are also shown how Joseph's enduring love and loyalty toward his brothers provide a human demonstration of God's compassionate love for the...
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12. There is anger, and there is anger

  This section provides a discussion on the two species of anger, one blessed and the other cursed. Rabbi Shimon then explains the ritual of cleansing the hands each morning, and why this sanctification is necessary.   
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13. "And that pit was empty; there was no water in it"

  This section opens with a description of the rich rewards of studying Torah, both in this world and the World to Come. Those who neglect study, we are told, receive punishment. As Rabbi Yehuda points out, the children of Israel were exiled from the Holy Land because...
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14. Zion and Jerusalem

  Here, Rabbi Yehuda discusses the creation of the universal structure that issued from Zion, the central point of faith and perfection. While Zion and Jerusalem are one, they represent the two grades of judgment and mercy. Through Binah, which correlates to...
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15. "And he called his name Er"

  The interconnection of the upper and lower worlds is exemplified in this section concerning the fate of Judah's firstborn son, Er. Judah's fall and descent, we're told, signify the descent and obscuring of the moon and the supernal Light; consequently, his son was born...
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16. "Go in to your brother's wife,

and perform the duty of a brother in law"  Rabbi Shimon begins by discussing the responsibility of the righteous man to beget children in order to ensure a place for his soul in the World to Come. By perpetuating the image of the Holy King through offspring, the...
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17. "And the thing which he did displeased Hashem"¦"

  This section addresses the sin which, we're told, defiles man most in this world and in the World to Come, masturbation. This judgment is not based upon moral or ethical principles, but rather upon the metaphysical structure of the Upper Worlds. The dark forces that...
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18. "And she put off her widow's garments"¦"

  This section explains the actions of Ruth and Tamar, two women who lost their first husbands and later conceived through levirate marriage. We learn that both acted piously and with the help of God, because the fruitful seed of Judah was established through them.   
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19. "And Joseph was brought down to Egypt"¦"

  This section begins by interpreting the phrasing of the title quotation as indicating God's approval of this act; it was necessary in order to fulfill His announcement to Abraham.A discussion follows concerning the legions of angels who sing praises to the glory of God...
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20. "And Hashem was with Joseph"

  Rabbi Yosi quotes the verse, "For The Creator loves justice," in order to lead a discussion on the protection that God offers the righteous. Through the examples of David and Joseph, both of whom walked "through the valley of the shadow of death," we are shown that...
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