Vayyigash 5774: Joseph the Master, Joseph Alone

The paradox of VaYigash is that the Joseph who tearfully reconciles with his family in the beginning is the same man, the iron-fisted administrator, who enslaves most of the Egyptian population in the end. There is almost a law of conservation of compassion at play. In verse 47:23, we read, “Joseph spoke to the people, ‘Indeed, I have acquired you and…