Vayigash: "And he drew near"
Genesis 44:18 - 47:27

This is more than sweet grain
more than bread to feed family

It is a key to unlock hardened hearts

Spread now before the L-rd who calls

Opened hearts in search of abundant fields

Growing forgiveness and understanding
acceptance and grace

Where brother embraces brother

Not in a cloak of past injury
but in the new light of repentance

Joseph opens his hands and heart to his brothers

Who once threw him in a pit and sold him into slavery

But today does this matter?

As all drink from the cup of redemption

A family is united
as a father embraces his lost son

While brothers' journey toward a new home

And despite the barren land

Children will play

Daughters flourish

Sons grow

And all give shall thanks to the L-rd
for the guidance of the moment

The step and hour
that has lead a family
not into a strange land

But to a reunion of all possibility
in a land where G-d calls each by name

Rabbi Tad Campbell


(Rabbi Tad Campbell is a published writer and poet who holds an MA from the University of Oxford, England, the MTS from Duke, and his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary. He is a board certified chaplain and pastoral counselor and currently serves with Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, Florida.)
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