Vayigash 5779: Shaping a Theology of Forgiveness: Joseph, Free Will and Divine Providence

Posted by Leon Morris on December 11, 2018
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Bereishit (Genesis), Torah, VaYigash

Joseph is remarkable in his ability to forgive his brothers and see his years of suffering as God’s will. He and his brothers are paradigms of self-transformation. Joseph’s rapprochement with his brothers helps us to understand the connection between taking responsibility for what we have done, while acknowledging that there is a grand divine narrative at play.

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Rabbi Leon Morris is the President of Pardes and is the first alumnus to head the institution (Year Program alumnus '94-'95; Summer Program alumnus '93 and '94). Leon made aliyah with his wife Dasee Berkowitz (Pardes Year Program alumna '94-'95) and their three children in June 2014, after serving as the rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY. He was the founding director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El (now the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center) in Manhattan. Before coming to Pardes, Leon served as a Vice President for Israel Programs at the Shalom Hartman Institute and was a faculty member at Hebrew Union College. Click here to read more.

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