Insights for the Younger Tzadikim
Teaches Even More?
now out of the dungeon and is the viceroy of Mitzrayim
(Egypt) meaning the right hand man to Paro (Pharaoh).
The famine that has engulfed Mitzrayim has spread to
other parts of the world and this has brought Yosef's
brothers seeking food.
The beauty of this Parashah is that we get to see
God's plan at work. In Perek Mem-Hay (Chapter 45), Yosef is speaking with his
brothers and the Torah says:
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
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:
If we look
at 5-7, we see that Yosef is saying that he sees the plan
that Hashem made for ensuring the survival of not just
Mitzrayim but also Yosef's family as well.
If we go back in the story a bit, we see that Yosef
suffered a lot of problems.
His brothers sold him into slavery.
He was put in a dungeon.
Then, he stayed in the dungeon for two years.
Do you think Yosef could see God's plan then? I don't think so. But
now, he can look back and see that all of those things were
necessary so that everyone would survive the famine.
don't always seem to go the way you want, keep in mind that
God may just be working things out in His own way.
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