Health, Nutrition & Torah: Vayigash

| December 15, 2010

The Text:

Genesis 44:18-47:27 In the midst of global famine, Joseph serves in a position of power and is able to offer relief to his family.

Genesis 47:12-13 “Joseph sustained his father, and his brothers, and all his father’s household with bread, down to the little ones.  Now there was no bread in all the world, for the famine was very severe; both the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.”

The Context:

The people become dependent on the state for their survival because the drought and famine is so severe.  Just as Joseph predicted, the famine lasts many years.  Joseph uses his managerial skills to insure the food supply for the people. The text mentions a number of times that this is a famine that spread across the world.

What it Means for Advocates:

Globalization of the world economy creates a dichotomy where some nations become richer, while others grow poorer.  Droughts in one part of the world affect the sales of grain and produce, milk and meat production in other parts of the world.  The global economy connects all nations.  Learn about some of the global initiatives the United States has launched in order to help other countries in need.

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