Parshat Hashavua for Parshat Vayeishev 5781 – Can a Parent Have a Favorite Child?

This week’s lesson is with Rabbi Reuven Spolter

In a recent episode of the Crown, Margaret Thatcher mentions that he son is her favorite child. This raises the challenging question of whether parents can or should have favorites. In Parashat Vayeishev, the Torah tells us that Yaakov preferred Yosef, leading to disastrous results. Does this mean we should not have favorites? The Midrash teaches us that the lesson is a bit more complicated than we might have thought.

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