December 7, 2012 | 11:50 am
Posted by Emily Stern
I would love to share this so much.
This is one way in which Joseph is is a man of Light.
Here he is working in a home of a very wealthy man. He sticks to his work, and is highly respected but really loved by his boss. His boss' attention seems to be totally focused on him.
"Shortly after" Potiphera, is also clearly aware of Yoseph as a sexual being. She sees where her husband's attention is going. It is out of pure lust that she is going after Joseph, pure Love for her husband, Potipher.
This is a rediculous way to get attention, but there is a choice made here. And I belive in this choice, Joseph is a Tzaddik we are to only love for this playing along. Joseph represents the sfirot of Yesod (aligned with the genitals, reproductive organs)* for this reason. Not because he restrained himself from Potiphera's advances, but the choices he makes in support of the Love between Potipher and Potiphera.
The commentators point out, Obviously Joseph is stronger than Potiphera! Obviously he didn't have to give his coat, which she uses to prove his desire and nakedness for her. He gave her the coat making allowance for this role playing.
It is meaningful then too that Joseph leaves his coat.
Joseph leaves what is precious to him, what makes him better than his brothers. His father's game is righted here where he favored some of his sons over the others. Joseph grew up with his mother Rachel being loved, and Leah wanting. Maybe as wanting as Potipher's wife. Here it is sad that Joseph sees his father's face in the eye of his mind. He rights this. Just because he comes from the privaledge of being loved . .
Anyone who has ever been loved, we know also how to move aside for a bigger Love Story for All of All of And All Of.
Yoseph takes off that coat! and as the game of this goes, he winds up in jail. It continues like any game.
The incident incites Potipher's jealousy. He wakes up! Potiphera's sexuality gets enforced and acknoledged by someone that he loves.
Such is the beauty of supporting each other in love of those whom we long to support. It is said that Potipher and Potiphera's daughter marries Joseph, "Asenath daughter of Potiphera Chief of On" now named, How's that for thanks and peace between Joseph and her parents? Certainly no animocity, even though they threw him in jail. Only Love.
*Sfirot see any beginner's book on Kabbalah
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