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Sometimes, it feels all too easy to get discouraged. Bad news flashes across newspaper headlines, our television sets and our Facebook feeds. Taken together the world’s problems can feel insurmountable, leaving us feeling small and ineffectual – and like our actions don’t really matter.
But, as this week’s dvar tzedek author, Wendi Geffen writes, “Parshat Vayeshev offers a counter-text to the perceived futility of one “ordinary” person’s efforts.” The parsha tells the story of Joseph (yes, the owner of of the amazing technicolor dreamcoat). It describes a chance meeting Joseph has with a man – a stranger – that ends up completely changing the path of his life, as well as the course of the Jewish people’s future.