Tribe of Benjamin
THE POWER OF UNITY
Benjamin was the youngest of Jacob’s sons, and Joseph’s only brother from his mother Rachel. Although the texts indicate that Jacob showed the same favoritism to Benjamin that he did towards Joseph, their 10 half-brothers did not feel any jealousy towards Benjamin. They had felt remorse for their mistreatment of Joseph, and risked their lives for Benjamin in order not to see their father suffer again. Benjamin’s stone on the Priestly Breastplate was the Opal, as its mixture of colors symbolized his ability to bring unity and peace between his brothers. His tribe is symbolized by the Wolf, as wolves travel in unison to form a wolfpack.