Being Thrown into an “Empty” Pit
ָוַיַּשְׁלִכוּ אֹתוֹ הַבֹּרָה וְהַבּוֹר רֵק אֵין בּוֹ מָיִם
They (the brothers) threw him (Joseph)
into the Pit
and the pit was empty without water.
The Rabbis teach us that
since the pit was “without water”
it was not completely empty
but contained snakes and scorpions.
The Pit can seen as our metaphor
for our thinking process
and if the input is without the
“waters” of Torah and the spiritual
it will never be empty and thus
susceptible to the negativism
of the Extraneous Forces.
Joseph & Potiphera’s Wife
We also can be helped against our temptations
by having visually accesible
a photograph or painting of a holy rabbi.
such as the portraits of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
by my deceased wife, Yael Avi-Yonah OBM
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