Last week in Miketz, Genesis 41,1-44,17, we read of how Jacob's family had somehow gotten into trouble witht he Egyptians. Somebody had again snuck their money back into their supply bags and even worse had placed a valuable cup in Binyamin's bag. Binyamin, Benjamin, was the youngest of Jacob's twelve sons and the only surviving one (to his knowledge) of his favorite wife Rachel. He hadn't wanted to allow him to travel with the others to Egypt, but when their food ran out while the famine continued he hadn't a choice.
Judah had pledged to take care of his youngest brother, and it's in this week's Torah Portion that we see the true character of Judah. While the other brothers, older and younger, sat in fear-filled silence, terrified of further angering the top appointed official in Egypt, Judah stepped up and approached him:
|יח וַיִּגַּשׁ אֵלָיו יְהוּדָה, וַיֹּאמֶר בִּי אֲדֹנִי, יְדַבֶּר-נָא עַבְדְּךָ דָבָר בְּאָזְנֵי אֲדֹנִי, וְאַל-יִחַר אַפְּךָ בְּעַבְדֶּךָ: כִּי כָמוֹךָ, כְּפַרְעֹה.||18 Then Judah came near unto him, and said: 'Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant; for thou art even as Pharaoh.|
לד כִּי-אֵיךְ אֶעֱלֶה אֶל-אָבִי, וְהַנַּעַר אֵינֶנּוּ אִתִּי: פֶּן אֶרְאֶה בָרָע, אֲשֶׁר יִמְצָא אֶת-אָבִי.
34 For how shall I go up to my father, if the lad be not with me? lest I look upon the evil that shall come on my father.'
כו וַיַּכֵּר יְהוּדָה, וַיֹּאמֶר צָדְקָה מִמֶּנִּי, כִּי-עַל-כֵּן לֹא-נְתַתִּיהָ, לְשֵׁלָה בְנִי; וְלֹא-יָסַף עוֹד, לְדַעְתָּהּ.
26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said: 'She is more righteous than I; forasmuch as I gave her not to Shelah my son.' And he knew her again no more.
Netanyahu is not showing true Judah-style leadership. This is bad news for the State of Israel.