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Familial Forgiveness

Parshat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 - 47:27)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/familial_forgiveness_20041217

The syllabus for my USC general education class includes both Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and Chapters 37-50 of Genesis -- the Joseph story or "novella." These two narratives share themes that commend themselves: forgiveness and reconciliation. Both Prospero and Joseph were set upon by their own brothers and narrowly escaped death. Both protagonists contributed to their victim role -- Prospero through neglecting governance and Joseph by insensitive boasting.

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