Just wait a little longer
[Editor’s note: As a memory of my beloved brother Shaya, I would like to continue sending out his pearls of wisdom that he has shared with all of you in the past. For some of you this may ring a bell and for others it may appear to be totally new. May the learning of Shaya’s Divrei Torah inspire us to change our ways and thereby give an Aliya to the neshama of our dear beloved Shaya whom we miss so much. A special thank you to Aaron Friedman for always looking over the divrei torah.]
[Editor’s note: Shaya did not have any dvar Torah on Parshas Mikeitz, so I would like to share with you a beautiful thought that I saw from Rabbi Frand in the name of the sefer Shemen Tov. Have a great Shabbos Chanuka!
In this week’s Parsha, the brothers tell their father that they cannot return to Egypt to get more food unless they bring their brother Binyomin with them. Yaakov asks them, “Why did you harm me by telling the viceroy that I have another son?!”
The Medrash comments on Yaakov’s statement that Hashem responded ”I am trying to reunite you with your son Yosef and you call that bad?!”
The message here is clear. All too often in life, we are met with challenges and tragedies that are very painful for us to bear. We throw up our hands to Hashem asking “Why did You do this to us?” However, in reality Hashem is looking down at us and saying “my precious child, just wait and you will see that everything is for the best.”
With this idea, Rabbi Frand explains something which had bothered me for a long time. The end of this week’s Parsha leaves us with a cliffhanger: what is going to happen to Binyomin? Will Binyomin be able to leave Egypt? Will Yosef reveal himself to the brothers? Is the Torah a magazine serial that has to leave us with a cliffhanger to make sure that we all come to shul next week?
The Torah is teaching us that there are times in life that we don’t know the answer right now and we will just have to wait until ‘next week’ to find out the answer.
May Hashem allow us to see the ultimate Geula with the coming of the Moshiach where we will be able to finally read the epilogue of the story called life.]