Plan for Peace*

Joseph discloses himself to his brothers
You sold me out
I am Joseph your brother.

The brothers are going home
To reunite the family
Do not become agitated on the way [Gen. 45:24]
Says Joseph.
What do they have to become agitated about?

Rashi the poet —

Do not occupy yourselves with a matter of halakha [law]
Do not take long steps
Do not quarrel along the way about the matter of Joseph’s sale.
Rashi calls this the pshat [the plain sense].

Rashi’s plan for peace

Don’t get theoretical
Stay away from general principles.
Make peace out of relationships,
person to person, not theory to theory.

Take small steps, one at a time, make peace manageable.
Peace will take time. Start with a treaty.
Start with a cessation of hostilities.

Peace starts now.
Stay out of the past,
out of guilt, recriminations,
who did what to whom,
begin the peace now.
Stay away from blame and shame.

Let the peace begin.

jsg, usa
*From Vayigash (see Rashi to Genesis 45:24)