Retell and re-count – the past can be amended

Today we look at Va-Yigash, Genesis 44:18 – 47:27 – the reconciliation of Joseph and his brothers, and the settlement of Jacob’s entire family in Egypt.

In the midst of this narrative, we have an account of all of Jacob’s descendants that traveled with him to Egypt – including Dinah, the occasionally overlooked daughter of Jacob.

As we travel through Elul we know that we can make amends by making sure that anyone we missed gets counted when we make a new list. Past omissions give us the opportunity to retell the story better the next time.

The High Holy Days on the horizon, we can retell our year better than it happened through the heartfelt making of amends.