There is a
wonderful lesson about life to be learned from the early parts
of the Parashah. It
can be found in the first few pasukim (verses) in Perek Mem-Hay
Now Yosef could not restrain himself in the presence of all
who stood before him, so he called out, "Remove everyone
from before me!" Thus no one remained with him when Yosef
made himself known to his brothers:
He cried in a loud voice. Mitzrayim (Egypt) heard, and Paro's
(Pharaoh) household heard:
And Yosef said to his brothers, "I am Yosef. Is my father
still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him
because they were left disconcerted before him:
Then Yosef said to his brothers, "Come close to me, if
you please," and they came close. And he said, "I am
Yosef your brother -- it is me, whom you sold into Mitzrayim:
And now, be not distressed, nor reproach yourselves for having
sold me here, for it was to be a provider that God sent me
ahead of you:
For this has been two of the hunger years in the midst of the
land, and there are yet five years in which there shall be
neither plowing nor harvest:
Thus God has sent me ahead of you to insure your survival in
the land and to sustain you for a momentous deliverance:
the focus will be on the commentaries around pasuk hay (verse
5). Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch says the following concerning the
point of Yosef's words:
not let thoughts of the way and means through which I was
brought here disturb the joy over the fact that I am here,
which, after all, is great good fortune.
this Hebrew, this situation is the feeling of enforced having
to give things up, of renouncing.
You can quietly give yourselves up to the happy
feelings of good fortune. This chapter expresses negatively, that these feelings appear
in a different light by the insight of the intelligence.
is as if Yosef is saying, "I can not prevent your
feelings of regret and sorrow for wrong is wrong, and your
feelings are justified. But
your minds should temper even this consciousness by teaching
you to look at the deed with other eyes, as I have long ago
come to look at it."
is also possible that this means, "for it is hither that
you have sold me,' as after all, you are the indirect cause of
the great fortunate position in which I now find myself
often, the cliché of "It is difficult to see the forest
for the trees" seems relevant to our daily lives.
The particular point that Yosef is making echoes that.
When we was sold to the traders, thrown into the
dungeon, his interpretations to the baker forgotten, no doubt
he had no idea what lay ahead nor could he possibly see
Hashem's plan in all of this.
That does not negate the fact that the plan was there
the entire time, merely waiting to work itself out in its
proper order and time.
becomes terribly frustrating and difficult for me, I try to
think of this concept - that what is happening is merely a
part of God's plan for me and that, with enough time and a few
more events, it will all become clear.