Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  LifeLine
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Miketz

by Rabbi Yaakov Menken

The lesson of Parshas Miketz is clear and simple - that everything that happens to us is dependent upon G-d. When the end came (the Ketz, as in Miketz), when it was time for Joseph to be removed from prison, they rushed him out.

Joseph had to come out immediately - he stayed in not one second longer than he was supposed to.

Look how he arrived in Egypt in the first place: taken by Arabs on camels, Arab traders who normally carry kerosene and the like. Can you imagine what that smelled like? A very noxious mix. But no! The Torah tells us that these traders were carrying spices with a pleasant smell. If Joseph was supposed to go to Egypt, carried by camels, you would think that the bad smell would have to be tossed in. Not with G-d - He gives each person exactly what's appropriate.

So too the entire story of how Joseph becomes second to Pharoah. Imagine the scene: a poor Hebrew servant, a prisoner, comes in and provides an interpretation of Pharoah's dreams. Tell me, was his interpretation so revolutionary or far-fetched? What does seven fat cows coming out of the Nile mean to you? And for this one act, Pharoah turns to his advisors, and gets everyone to agree that they've never encountered such a brilliant person - and they make him second in command.

It's quite simple: we only get what's coming to us. The lesson is: it's rediculous to be jealous of someone else. HE scored a touchdown! SHE's beautiful and brilliant! SHE just made a million dollars... A certain amount of "jealousy of scholars" is appropriate, because all of us can acquire a great deal of education. Perhaps the jealousy will motivate us to study harder. But as for anything else - things that no matter how hard we try, we might never achieve - understand and remember who's in charge. If it's coming to you, you'll get it.


Text Copyright © 1994 Rabbi Yaakov Menken and Project Genesis, Inc.

The author is the Director of Project Genesis.


 
Sell Chometz Online


ARTICLES ON PESACH:

View Complete List

A Focus of Our Attention
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

A Potential Lesson
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

Matzah and Guideposts
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

ArtScroll

Cyclical Celebrations
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762

The Meaning of Freedom
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

A Holy Nation?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Pesach Food
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Parshas Acharei Mos and Pesach
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

In the Heart of “This Night”
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Liberate Yourself!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

Pesach Selections
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

What's With the Number Four?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

> The Great Shabbos
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5768

The Evil Son
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Matzah and Maror - Worthy Mechutanim
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Searching for the Chametz Within
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information