|Joseph dreamed a dream|
At seventeen years of age, Joseph tended the flocks with his brothers, as a helper to the sons of his father`s wives Bilhah and Zilpah... ---Genesis 37:2b
We had some guests at last Shabbat,
so happy we could share a Challah.
It was the first time for most to try a pomegranate.
And to hear the story of Joseph.
I told a little of the story after our meal, and illustrated the colored coat (striped tunic, specially given to him from his father Jacob) with gingerbread (cookies) in the hopes of making an impression that they might want to read more. Everyone wanted to eat more for sure!
After the girls went into another room (I just realized the girls are about the age Joseph was when he had the first two dreams, at the start of this week`s Parsha Vayeshev), I opened up the Song of Songs. Because of the pomegranate on tonight's Shabbat table, I noticed particularly the verses with pomegranates, and because of the lily we had at our Shabbat, I also noticed those lines too.
I went down to the nut grove
To see the budding of the vale;
To see if the vines had blossomed,
If the pomegranates were in bloom. --Song of Songs 6:11
Blessings and Shalom,
Its already Sunday in Japan.
|Challah French toast with pomegranate seed|
Shavu'a Tov!!! （have a good week!)
Continue reading below for a quiz challenge, and a SHALOM finding from this week`s Parsha Vayeshev
In Joseph's dreams there were 11 of something in each dream.(you can see in this week's Parsha, starting in Genesis Ch. 37 for Q's 1-3!)
1.What was there 11 of in the first dream?
2.What was there 11 of in the second dream?
3. What do the 11 represent?
4.What else is there 11 of in the drawing (though not in the scripture)?
5. If you found an answer to question 4, WHY do you think there are 11 of these, what might they represent?
２。Here`s the SHALOM finding!
This year as you know I have been on a mission to seek Shalom, I have also been keeping my eyes open for when the word `SHALOM` appears in the weekly Torah readings.
This week it appears twice (at least), in these scriptures:
Genesis 37:4 :and,
When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak to him in shalom.
Then he said to him, "Go now and check on the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flocks and bring word back to me."
note: in this verse in the Hebrew scriptures, the word `Shalom` is used twice, for the shalom (welfare in this case) of the brothers, and the shalom of the flocksI found this very interesting because in the first one (Gen. 37:4), it was about how the brothers hated Joseph and could not speak to him in Shalom. And its the first time I noticed this form of Shalom being , rather `no Shalom`.
In the second one (Gen. 37:14) is when Jacob asks Joseph his son to check on his brothers and see if they were well , in this case, in `Shalom`.
When there is `No Shalom`, we can see in how in all the verses to come and the parashiot to follow, and the history from there, the lengths the brothers go to to try to get rid of Joseph, rather than face their jealousies and seek Shalom.
I learned from this Torah portion and coming on that place in the verse of seeing where there was `no shalom`. It really spoke to me because there was a place in my heart recently where I wasn`t feeling shalom, and so I really stopped at that verse in Genesis 37:4. I saw from this what happens if we let that go and don`t check on it, and how it `snowballs` and creates dis-harmony in relations with others. So how to get back to shalom in those times? It is God`s shalom that is the peace that goes beyond understanding, so it is by seeking Him through seeking His presence, His word, and abiding in the vine, Yeshua, that brings us out of the chaos of `no shalom` and back into His presence, the place where we find His Shalom!!
Shalom I leave you, My shalom I give to you; but not as the world gives! Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid. -- Yeshua`s words from John 14:27