Which is Better: to Be Righteous, or to Be Quick to Sin and Quick to Repent? https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/religion-holidays/2016/12/which-is-better-to-be-righteous-or-to-be-quick-to-sin-and-quick-to-repent/

The story of Joseph sets up two archetypes: the righteous dreamer (Joseph) and the flawed but penitent sinner (his brother Judah). Both have a place in the tradition, but one is preferred.

December 22, 2016 | Sarah Rindner
About the author: Sarah Rindner teaches English literature at Lander College in New York and blogs at Book of Books.

From Tamar, Judah’s Daughter-In-Law, Chagall, 1960.

In the final chapters of Genesis, where this week’s reading of Vayeshev (37:1-40:23) plays a pivotal part, the stories of the patriarchs reach a dramatic crescendo with the extended Joseph narrative.

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