Abandonment was still new to me, when the first woman, a stranger, literally showed up on my doorstep sobbing because her husband was having an affair and she’d heard I was someone who might understand.I understood, but I didn’t know how to really help her.
In fact, according to Jewish law, one may do such forms of temporary preservation for the honor of the deceased.
(Today this is done much less invasively with refrigeration.) There is further a debate in the Midrash if Joseph erred in embalming his father (even if it was this more minor procedure).
This opinion states further that because of Joseph’s sin of poor judgment, he was the first of the brothers to die (see Exodus 1:6), passing on at a youthful 110 (as compared to Levi’s 137).
The commentator Ohr Ha Chaim offers a fascinating alternative suggestion as to why Joseph embalmed his father.
Embalming seems quite contrary to the Jewish way in burial.
The body is buried very simply, allowing it to decay and return to the earth as quickly as possible.
My new coaching site, Kerri Lynn Bishop.com, which uses my real name launches just in time for 2018.
Join me there to jump into the new year with “Embracing the Story of You” because we all have stories and each of our stories is a love story when we see ourselves through God’s eyes!
I wondered what my husband was thinking and what God was doing.
I thought my husband had abandoned me, but I thought God had abandoned me too!
In my own life, I took steps and devised tools to get me through the agony of abandonment and into the joy of living and loving better! I had fun with my boys and sought friends who supported me and was happy to let others drift away. I enrolled in life coaching classes through the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, racked up coaching experience by reaching out to other women in transitions in everything from abandonment and divorce to women interested in building businesses, navigating dating relationships, strengthening struggling Marriages, parenting, and those just simply interesting in having fun again!