Current Issue

 

Share

Search
BeisMoshiach.org
Web
Tags
#1000 #1001 #1002 #1003 #1004 #1005 #1006 #1007 #1008 #1009 #1010 #1011 #1012 #1013 #1014 #1015 #1016 #1017 #1018 #1019 #1020 #1021 #1022 #1023 #1024 #1025 #1026 #1027 #1028 #1029 #1030 #1031 #1032 #1033 #1034 #1035 #1036 #1037 #1038 #1039 #1040 #1041 #1042 #1043 #1044 #1045 #1046 #1047 #1048 #1049 #1050 #1051 #1052 #1053 #1054 #1055 #1056 #1057 #1058 #1059 #1060 #1061 #1062 #1063 #1064 #1065 #1066 #1067 #1068 #1069 #1070 #1071 #1072 #1073 #1074 #1075 #1076 #1077 #1078 #1079 #1080 #1081 #1082 #1083 #1084 #1085 #1086 #1088 #1089 #1090 #1091 #1092 #1093 #1094 #1095 #1096 #1097 #1098 #1099 #1100 #1101 #1102 #1103 #1104 #1106 #1107 #1108 #1109 #1110 #1111 #1112 #1113 #1114 #1115 #1116 #1117 #1118 #1119 #1120 #1121 #1122 #1123 #1124 #1125 #1126 #1127 #1128 #1129 #1130 #318 #319 #350 #383 #390 #550 #560 #594 #629 #642 #776 #777 #778 #779 #780 #781 #782 #783 #784 #785 #786 #787 #820 #823 #824 #825 #826 #827 #828 #829 #830 #831 #832 #833 #834 #835 #836 #837 #838 #839 #840 #841 #842 #843 #844 #845 #846 #847 #848 #849 #850 #851 #852 #853 #854 #855 #856 #857 #858 #859 #860 #861 #862 #863 #864 #865 #866 #867 #868 #869 #870 #871 #872 #873 #874 #875 #876 #876 #877 #878 #879 #880 #881 #882 #883 #884 #885 #886 #887 #888 #889 #890 #891 #892 #893 #894 #895 #896 #897 #898 #899 #900 #901 #902 #903 #904 #905 #906 #907 #908 #909 #910 #911 #912 #913 #914 #915 #916 #917 #918 #919 #920 #921 #922 #923 #924 #925 #926 #927 #928 #929 #930 #931 #932 #933 #934 #935 #936 #937 #938 #939 #940 #941 #942 #943 #944 #945 #946 #947 #948 #949 #950 #951 #952 #953 #954 #955 #956 #957 #958 #959 #960 #961 #962 #963 #964 #965 #966 #967 #968 #969 #970 #971 #972 #973 #974 #975 #976 #977 #978 #979 #980 #981 #982 #983 #984 #985 #986 #987 #988 #989 #990 #991 #992 #993 #994 #995 #996 #997 #998 #999 1 Kislev 10 Kislev 10 Shvat 10 Shvat 10 Teives 11 11 Nissan 112 Tammuz 12 Tammuz 13 Iyar 13 Tishrei 14 Kislev 15 Elul 15 Menachem-Av 15 Shvat 17 Tammuz 18 Elul 19 Kislev 2 Iyar 20 Av 20 Mar-Cheshvan 20 Menachem-Av 20 Teives 22 Shvat 24 Teives 25 Adar 27 Adar 28 Nissan 28 Teives 29 Elul 3 Tammuz 33 Tammuz 352 5 Teives 6 Tishrei 7 Adar 770 864 865 881 9 Adar 9 Av 9 Kislev 903 Acharei-K'doshim Achdus Adar Ahavas Yisroel Alef-Beis Alter Rebbe Amalek Argentina Arizal army Artwork Aseres HaDibros Australia Avoda Zara B’Chukosai B’Shalach Baal Shem Tov baal t'shuva Baba Sali Balak BaMidbar bar mitzva Basi L'Gani B'Chukosai be Bein HaMeitzarim Beis HaMikdash Beis Nissan Beth Rivkah B'Haalos'cha B'Har B'Har-B'Chukosai Birthday Bitachon Blindness Bo B'rachos Brazil brit milah Brussels B'Shalach chai v'kayam Chanuka Chassidic Rabbis Chayei Sara Chernobil Chevron children chinuch Chitas Choshen Chukas Churban controversy convert Dan Diary of the late R’ Saadya Maatuf Dollars dreams D''varim Editor's Corner Eikev Elul Emor Europe fire France free choice Gaza Gentiles Georgia Gulf War Gush Katif Haazinu Hakhel HaYom Yom Hebron hiskashrus Holy Temple Honoring Parents Hospitality IDF Igrot Kodesh India Intermarriage Internet Iran Iron Curtain Israel Japan Jewish Refugee Crisis Kabbala K'doshim Kfar Chabad Ki Savo Ki Seitzei Ki Sisa KIDDUSH LEVANA Kiryat Gat Kislev kKi Sisa Kohen Gadol Korach korbanos KOS SHEL BRACHA Krias Shma K'vutza Lag B'Omer lashon ha'ra Lech Lecha letter Litvishe maamer Machatzis HaShekel mahn Mar-Cheshvan marriage Massei Matot Mattos Mattos-Massei Menachem Av Menora Metzora Mexico Miami MiKeitz MIkvah Mishkan Mishpatim Mitteler Rebbe Mitzva Tank Mitzvah Tanks Mivtza Kashrus MIvtza Neshek Mivtza T’fillin Mivtza Tefilin Morocco Moshe Rabbeinu Moshiach & Geula Moshiach Seuda music Napoleon Naso niggunim Nissan Nitzavim Nitzavim-VaYeilech Noach Noachide North Africa olive oil painting Parshas Parah parshas re'eh Parshas Zachor Pesach Pesach Sheini Pinchas Pirkei Avos P'kudei Poland prayer Prison Purim R’ Avrohom Schneersohn Rabbi Hillel Zaltzman Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Rabbi Shlomo Galperin Rambam Ramban Rashbi Rashi Rebbe Rebbe Maharash Rebbe Rashab Rebbe Rayatz Rebbe Rayatz & Joint Rebbetzin Chana Rebbetzin Chaya Muska Rebbetzin Rivka Red Heifer R'ei Rishon L'Tzion Rosh Chodesh Rosh HaShana Russia S’firas HaOmer Samarkand seifer Torah s'firas ha'omer Shabbos Shabbos Chazon Shabbos Hagadol Shabbos Nachamu shalom bayis Shavuos Shekalim shiduchim Shlach shleimus ha'Aretz shliach shlichus Shmini Shmita Shmos Shoftim shtus Shvat simcha Simchas Torah South Africa Sukkos summer tahalucha Talmud Torah Tanya Tazria-Metzora te Tehilim Teives Terror teshuva Tetzaveh t'fillin the omer the soul tisha b'av Tishrei Toldos Tomchei T'mimim Truma t'shuva tTruma Tzanz Tzav Tzedaka Tzemach Tzedek Tzfas tzimtzum Tzitzis Ukraine Upsherinish VaEira VaEs'chanan VaYakhel VaYakhel-P’kudei VaYechi VaYeilech VaYeira VaYeishev VaYeitzei VaYigash VaYikra VaYishlach Vocational Schools Winter women Yechidus Yerushalayim Yeshiva Yisro Yom Kippur Yom Tov Zohar Zos HaBracha. B'Reishis סיביר
Visitor Feed
Monday
Dec152014

DRIVE CAREFULLY

RELUCTANCE TO SEND BENJAMIN

Joseph, though sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt, has risen to the position of Viceroy. The Pharaoh has placed him in charge of feeding the world in a time of devastating famine. Jacob sends all but one of his sons to purchase grain in Egypt. He does not send Benjamin thoughbecause he said, ‘Perhaps a fatal accident will occur to him.’”

When the brothers finally make it to Egypt they are confronted by Joseph, whom they do not recognize as their brother. He feigns hostility, accusing them of being spies. Joseph demands that they bring their youngest brother, Benjamin, back to Egypt with them; otherwise they will no longer be welcome. In addition, he demands their brother Shimon as a hostage.

When Josephs brothers returned home, they told Jacob that the viceroy of Egypt required that they bring Benjamin to him. Jacob demurred, sayingYou have bereaved me! Joseph is gone, and Shimon is gone, and you want to take Benjamin! … His brother is dead, and he is the only one left. A fatality will occur to him on the way…”

Finally, when the family has exhausted their food supply, and Yehudah has given his guarantee of Benjamins safe return, Jacob relents.

Why was Jacob so concerned about Benjamins safety? And why did he finally accede to the demand to send him when Yehudah guaranteed his safety?

Rashi addresses the first question and answers: “From here we deduce that the Satan makes accusations at a time of danger.” Satan represents the destructive forces of evil that prey on us when we are most vulnerable.

However, the question has been raised, why was Jacob concerned only with the danger to Benjamins life and not the lives of the other brothers?

One answer is (see Likkutei Sichos volume V P. 213ff) that Rachel passed away and was buried on the road back to the Land of Canaan, and Joseph, likewise, disappeared when Jacob sent him to inquire the peace of his brothers. Jacob was particularly concerned that the Rachel branch of his family was particularly susceptible to the dangers of traveling.

We may still ask a question: What persuaded Jacob to send Benjamin after Yehudah took full responsibility for his safety? Could the promise of a mere mortal remove ones vulnerability to the perils of the Satan?

FEAR OF TRAVELING: LOSS OF LEGACY

One may see Jacobs reluctance to send Benjamin as more than the fear that he could lose another child. Jacob was deeply concerned that Benjamins loss would mean the loss of his own legacy. This particular fear did not arise with respect to his other children. In addition to the family history of tragedy on the road, to Jacob his son Benjamin represented both the future of the Jewish nation and its shield against the satanic forces that would repeatedly try to cripple us on our journey.

Only Yehudah was able to convince Jacob that, come what may, nothing dreadful would happen to Benjamin and, by extension, Jacobs legacy.

We must now try to understand what it was that was so unique about Benjamin and how Yehudah was able to assuage his fathers concerns.

Jacob stayed in his uncle Labans house for 20 years. It was only when Joseph was born that Jacob decided to return home. Indeed, our Sages tell us that Jacob waspunishedfor the 22 years (the 20 he stayed with Lavan and the two years of his journey home) during which he did not observe the Mitzvah of honoring his father and mother. Why, indeed, did he wait so long?

Jacob wanted to delay his return as long as possible to avoid reopening the dangerous conflict with his brother Esau. G-d predicted this intense conflict even before Jacob and Esau were born, as the Torah recounted in an earlier parsha. What power did Jacob have to ultimately prevail over Esau? The answer is provided by our Sages in the Talmud (Bava Basra 123b) and Midrash, cited by Rashi, on why Jacob waited until Joseph was born. He knew that it was Joseph who possessed the power to vanquish Esau. In the prophetic words of Ovadia: “And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame and the house of Esau for stubble.” Fire without a powerful flame does not dominate at a distance. Once Joseph was born, Jacob trusted in G-d and wanted to return home to his parents.

Joseph possessed the unique power to overcome the threat from Esau. Chassidic literature asserts that Josephs soul transcended both Jacob and Esaus souls and was therefore not threatened by Esaus power, unlike Jacobs own soul.

When Joseph disappeared, Jacob hoped that his power would be transferred to his younger brother, Benjamin. Though not possessing a soul as lofty as that of Joseph, Benjamin would nevertheless share some of his characteristics. In the terminology of Kabbala, Joseph was theupper tzaddikand Benjamin thelower tzaddik.” Joseph possessed the ability to transmit this transcendent power down to the lowest of levels; Benjamin was similarly able to transmit his inferior transcendent power in the inverse manner, by elevating and uplifting the lower level.

Jacobs concern was not just for the present but also for the future. His success as the father of the Jewish nation depended on his ability to remove, repair or sublimate the obstacles on the path to Mount Sinai and from there to the Messianic Age. Without Joseph, Jacob depended on Benjamins ability to accomplish the same goal, albeit with less intensity.

Jacobs reasonable fear was of a mishap that Benjamin might suffer while he was traveling. The danger of losing Benjamin on his trip from Canaan to Egypt threatened to undermine our journey towards the final Redemption; the path is riddled with obstacles precisely because its destination is so critical. In G-ds system, the greater and the more crucial a goal is the more obstacles will appear on the way towards fulfillment of that goal, necessitating greater persistence and fortitude.

YEHUDAH’S GUARANTEE

It was only when Yehudah guaranteed that he would return home with Benjamin that Jacob felt able to send his youngest child off to meet the Egyptian viceroy.

What was it about Yehudahs guarantee that overcame Jacobs apprehension?

Yehudah was to be the progenitor of King David and his dynasty of leadership that would endure until Moshiach. Other kings and leaders were also destined to emerge and provide leadership, for better or worse, for the Jewish people. What is the difference between the Davidic dynasty and the other leaders?

TWO FORMS OF LEADERSHIP

There are two forms of leadership; functional and essential, or, extrinsic and intrinsic. Most leaders are created by the people they lead. If a group of people proclaim someone as their leader this individual is thereby empowered to lead and govern. The peoples devotion to their leader helps him unleash whatever hidden talents he may have. Those chosen for leadership roles become leaders because they have been anointed by the people and they function as such. But leadership for them is not intrinsic to their existence.

The kings of the Davidic dynasty, particularly the Moshiach, by contrast possess intrinsic and essential royalty. Their power of leadership transcends that of Joseph, because no obstacle can possibly deter it. While Joseph is likened to a flame which will consume the straw, Yehudah transforms obstacles for good and brings that goodness into the Messianic Age.

This concept of bringing the obstacle into Redemption is illustrated with the following anecdote:

A truck driver was driving along on the freeway. He passed a sign that saidLow bridge ahead.” Before he knew it, he got stuck under the bridge.

A police car pulled up. The officer got out of his car and walked around to the truck driver, put his hands on his hips and said, “Got stuck, huh?”

The truck driver said, “No officer, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of gas!”

There are two ways we can look at the obstacles we encounter on our way to Geula: The first approach is to view them as an impediment that we must struggle to surmount. We believe we must do something to blow up the bridge or lower the highway. That is how most great leaders deal with obstacles; they try to plow right through them.

The alternative path is to view the obstacle itself as an important part of our mission. We can and should take it with us on our trip and deliver it into the Messianic Age. A postman cannot wish for there to be no mail to deliver because then hed be out of a job. Our spiritual job is to deliver the obstacle.

When Jacob heard the conviction and certainty in Yehudahs voice, he detected the spirit of Moshiach and knew that Yehudah would succeed in the immediate task of bringing Benjamin back safely and, in so doing, ensure the final redemption.

Yehudah (read: Moshiach) would certainly be assisted by Joseph and the other great leaders who have battled all forms of adversity to facilitate our continued survival in exile and pave the way for Redemption. However, only Moshiach can enable us to reach our final destination; he is the only one who can guarantee success and empower us to transform all obstacles into positive forces.

CHANUKAH LIVE

This weeks parsha is always read during Chanukah and there is a deep connection between the two.

The light of Chanukah, wielded by the holy and courageous Maccabees, was able to destroy the Syrian-Greek obstacle. But, alas, it was only a matter of time before the next obstacle appeared. Nachmanides states that when the heroes of Chanukah, notwithstanding their righteousness, failed to install a leader from the House of David, the victory of Chanukah could not last. Chanukah had many of the trappings of the Final Redemption; there was a rededicated Bais HaMikdash and no subservience by the Jewish people to another nation. The crucial element missing was Moshiach, the leader who possesses intrinsic and essential leadership. The Hasmonean dynasty was eventually destroyed and the Roman hegemony began, leading our people to the present state of exile. If the Maccabees had restored leadership to the descendants of Yehudah and David, the light of Chanukah would have transformed the darkness into light and endured forever.

It is up to our generation to complete the task of bringing on the Redemption by greeting Moshiach in our Chanukah celebration, andhe will redeem us!”  

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.