Within the span of fifty days, the people of the State of Israel – indeed, the Jewish people – suffered the loss of three remarkable personalities: Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, Rabbanit Bracha Kapach, and Arik Einstein. The personality whose legacy will prove most influential may seem surprising.
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R. Jackson Brown writes: “Years ago I read that the responsibility of parents was not to pave the road for their children but to provide a road map. So, when my son Adam left for his new life in college, I jotted down a few observations and words of counsel I thought he might find useful and put them in a dime-store binder.” The results of brown’s efforts were published in 1991 under the ambitious title Life’s Little Instruction Book. Actually, this exercise of providing guidance to the next generation goes back to the Bible, the Talmud, and to Brown’s most familiar precursor, William Shakespeare.
In analyzing the Joseph saga, Meir Sternberg, Professor of Poetics and Comparative Literature at Tel Aviv University, reviews the four motivations scholars have ascribed to Joseph’s conduct to his brothers: punishing, testing, teaching, and dream fulfillment. Predictably enough, he argues, each line of thought is wrong because all are right. And it is left to Sternberg to show how and why.