Yehoshua is a retired U.S. Army Chaplain and currently lives in Israel with his wife and children.
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Parashat Vayigash relates the emotional scene wherein Joseph reveals his true identity to his brothers. With emotions often comes crying, בכה in Hebrew, and this word appears seven times in this week's portion, more than in any other weekly portion. In the article we examine this word by comparing it to other words containing the two core letters בכ, in an attempt to understand the depth of the word and what "crying" actually means in the Torah's view. May all of our tears be tears of joy and celebration!