Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  LifeLine
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Miketz

by Rabbi Yaakov Menken

"And it happened, at the end of two years of days, that Pharaoh dreamed... And Pharaoh sent and called for Yoseph, and they rushed [Yoseph] out of the pit..." [41:1,14]

The end of Yoseph's captivity came suddenly, after precisely two years "of days." One day he was a convicted criminal, the next he was a desperately needed advisor to Pharaoh. The Medrash says, "an end is set for darkness." When the end-time arrived, the change was immediate.

The Chofetz Chaim explains that whenever the time for something expires, whether for good or not, G-d does not wait a single minute beyond that set time. Because the time was up, they rushed Yoseph out of prison "with lightning speed."

I know personally of several couples who experienced this in their own lives. In traditional circles, people don't date "for fun," but because they are actively seeking a spouse. So the process isn't terribly enjoyable. In many case, both parties have "looked" for several years - and then, on the first date with their eventual spouse, realized that the search was over. It doesn't happen too often, but in any case, it never takes even a minute longer than the Plan requires! When the time is up, it's over.

The Chofetz Chaim applies this to the concept of Israel's final redemption: when the time comes, it will be immediate. He further explained the verse in Malachi 3:23, where G-d promises that He will send the prophet Eliyahu before the redemption. The actual language of the verse is not "I will send," but "I send." The prophet Eliyahu is constantly prepared, waiting to complete his mission; we are ourselves the only reason for the delay!


Text Copyright © 1996 Rabbi Yaakov Menken and Project Genesis, Inc.
The author is the Director of Project Genesis.


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON PESACH AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Matzah and Maror - Worthy Mechutanim
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

We Were Slaves...
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Who Knows One?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

In Lamb
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Growth Period
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

The Counting of the Omer
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

ArtScroll

Symbolism Over Substance
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

Something Great and Awesome
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

The Evil Son
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

> Sipur Yetzias Mitzrayim: Once Upon a Time…
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

Shabbos Hagadol
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5759

You and Your Sons
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Pesach Weather
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

“4 Seder Cups & 1 Yiddishe Cup” (Insights for the Passover Seder)
Jon Erlbaum - 5770

Ha Lachma Anya
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770



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