Filed under: PARSHA VaYashev | Tags: EGYPT, god, hester panim, keter, Mashiach ben Yosef, mazolot (constellations), Parsha VaYashev, providence, Rabbi Akiva, rabbi nachman, tragedy, tuma
EDITED Dec 22nd 2016
“Your judgments are far above and out of sight” (Psalms 5:10). This is one of the things we can see in our parsha. Similarly its written “your footsteps are not known” (Psalms 20:77). The ways of The God are most mysterious, Blessed is His name.
Do not forget, no one ever said it would be easy. In Joseph’s own life we see, not only was he thrown into the pit with snakes and scorpions by his brothers and then sold as a slave but that eventually landed him in prison for 12 years. At the age of 17-18, Yosef was faced with the daily temptation by his master’s wife trying to lure him to have sex with her, but he didn’t give in to his hormones. Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Yoseph, Yosef initially resisted. We know from midrash that its written ” In this day Yosef went to work”, as on this day Yosef had finally decided to give in to temptation and He and Potifera’s wife had planned to have have relations. But in the moment Yosef was to do the sin his father Yaakov’s image appeared in the window and said your name was going to be in the breast plate but if you continue with this sin you will only be remembered as a Shepard of harlots. Yoseph’s father warned him of the spiritual benefits he could loose if he were to give in to this temptation. He dug his fingernails into the ground in order to control himself, and miraculously, the flow of semen issued from his fingers into the ground.
We see Yosef inflicted by things that seem as tragedy. Yet we see it is these events which lead up to Yosef being put in charge of all Egypt. As Rabbi Akiva said my falling is my rising. One may start in a high place feeling they have all there is in the world. Yosef was most loved by Yaakov, he had the coat of many colors and dream visions. Then he found himself cast into the pit, sold into slavery and put in prison. Then he went on to become the savior of the Hebrew people in Egypt and from his descendants will eventually come Mashiach ben Yosef. May he come soon and not be killed. From this parsha we can see that certainly The God is the just judge. We see the justice of The God’s judgment to some degree from the life of Yosef in our parsha. The parsha starts out saying “Yosef brought an evil report to Yakov concerning his brothers”. Then Yosef finds himself getting into trouble when Yaakov sends him to bring a report concerning how his brothers are doing when tending the flocks. Likewise we see justice acting on Yaakov when his sons tell him about Yosef’s tragedy and show him Yosef’s garment. It was with a garment that Yaacov deceived His father Yitzchak to get his blessings. We should recognize The God’s justice in all that happens and accept all that happens to us properly. Even when something that appears as bad happens to us we must not allow it to make us depressed. As the wisdom of The God in fulfilling his goal of bringing our righteous Mashiach is “far above and out of sight”. The wisdom of the Holy One is certainly beyond our grasp, so are His ways to reach the desired goal. The main knowledge is knowledge of the work of The God (Divine providence). The main thing is revelation of The God within the worlds that He creates, or there is ”hester panim” (concielment from his Divine providence). During exile all אות (wonders) are hidden so the “other side” does not raise up complaints against Yisrael. The God hides his face so that the wicked will not be destroyed, and the world can exist. The unity of The God is hidden from the wicked becouse of their garments of “tuma”. (spiritual impurities)1 Rabbi Nachman of Breslov teaches that patience is associated with Keter. The source of the will of The God and delight. With a good eye one can see that all that happens as good, and with patience the ultimate good will come to be fulfilled. Know, The 70 nations , God forbid, nullify the nanhagot (divine providence) of Yisrael measure for measure (through Yisrael’s errors and lackings). Flow of הכל אדו”ן upon the creations is according to the arrangement of the stars and mazolot (constellations). Yisrael is above this level of Divine supervision by their Unity with The God through the will of The God in the Torah.2
This all reminds us of Gods mysterious ways. But for those who want to He shows “signs” and gives clues for Yosef his sign was given in by his dreams. Yaakov knew about Divine communication in dreams so it says “He kept the matter in mind “. Know, when a dream is repeated, this is a sign from God, it is 1/60 th of prophesy. The mysterious ways of The God governing His worlds again are shown by the leverite marriage of Tamar to Yehuda. As Yehuda at first did not even know what really occurred. Tamar is the aspect of a rose among thorns , the Shechinah trapped in the “Klipot”. Yuhuda took Tamar out from the klipot to a holy place. For the same reason “aretz Cannan” was first settled by the “Canani”. If Yisrael merits they can raise the Shechina from the klipot by “Misim tovin”. Then there will go out the “canani” from the land, and we inherit it. In this way it happens. 3 It may appear that since we live in a physical world we must have been created so to engage in things of this world. But this is not the reason we were created in the physical world but so that we could recognize the unity of God in the whole and every part of the creation. From Tamar and Yuhuda’s descendants comes David haMelech and will come Mashiach and may that be in mercy quickly in our days.