Sunday, May 1, 2016

Omer 2016 Day 9: Potiphar's wife


Day 9: Gevurah in Gevurah, Power in Power
You know the story from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, if not from Genesis 39. Joseph, sold into slavery by his brothers, ended up in Egypt, the slave of a man named Potiphar. Potiphar's wife, who is not named, wanted to sleep with Joseph, even trying to do so by force, but when he refused her, she accused him of trying to rape her and had him sent to prison.

Potiphar's wife tries to seduce Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Potiphar's wife is a reminder that, in the immortal words of Uncle Ben, "With great power comes great responsibility." Part of having power is using it for good.