Insights for the Younger Tzadikim
we left off, Yosef (Joseph) was sitting in a dungeon and had
been for exactly two years.
During his time in the dungeon, two of the high
servants of Paro (Pharaoh) had been imprisoned as well.
At one point, both of these servants have dreams and
Yosef interprets the dreams for them. Both interpretations come true.
Since one of the dreams turns out well for one of the
servants, Yosef asks him to please pass on news to Paro that
Yosef has this talent in hopes that he might be released.
Unfortunately, the servant forgot and Yosef sits.
with the beginning of Parashat Miketz, Paro has two dreams
and is quite disturbed by them.
To make matters worse, none of his people seem able
to interpret the dreams.
When this happens, the servant who Yosef spoke with
before remembers him. Thus
Paro summons Yosef from the dungeon to intepret his dream.
And Yosef's behavior provides us with another very
(Genesis), Perek Mem-Aleph, pasuk yud-daled (Chapter 41,
verse 14), we see the following:
So Pharaoh sent and summoned Yosef, and they rushed him from
the dungeon. He shaved and changed his clothes, and he came
There is a
very great rabbi who lived from 5568 to 5648 (1808 to 1888)
by the name of Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch.
Rav Hirsch wrote some very beautiful perushim
(commentaries) on the Torah, and many other books of the
Tanakh (The Hebrew Scriptures).
Here is what he has to say concerning this particular
should pay attention to all the little points which show up
Yosef's character. The
court officials wanted to rush him to the King.
It was a question of soothing the King and [Yosef]
was but a despised imprisoned slave.
But he took his time; first shaved and put on
respectable clothes. Also,
Yosef did not run, he "went in" to Paro.
He was quite conscious of his own personality, and of
his mission. It
was just this quality, as we said above, that made him into
an authority, that he understood how to grasp every
circumstance, every person, every position in the whole
acuteness of its special character.
There is a
bit more to this as well and we can learn a great deal from
that. Yosef was going to meet Paro, the King of Egypt.
He was determined to go in his best form, looking his
best - clean and showing self-respect. Yosef's self-respect showed respect toward Paro.
How can we apply this to our lives?
Think of it this way, perhaps in Yosef's position we
would do the same thing to show this kind of respect for an
earthly king. How
much more so should we prepare ourselves when we are going
to talk with the King of the Universe?
When we pray, it is important that we be in the right
frame of mind and have the right attitude. Thus, it is always a good idea to give a little thought to
how we are approaching Hashem before we do so.
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