December 7, 2012
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.
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