Shabbat Parashat Miketz 5774
Miketz | 27 Kislev 5774 | 11/30/2013
The parasha opens with an account of Pharaoh’s dreams: “Pharaoh was dreaming and he was standing on the Nile” (Bereishit 41:1). Chazal already pointed out that “wicked people exist on top of their gods” (Bereishit Rabba 69:3). The Nile was a god of the Egyptians because it sustained them, allowing a valley in the midst of a burning desert to be a flowering pearl. An Egyptian god is a god to the extent that “it provides” what is needed; a defeated nation may give up on their god. Egypt knew how critical the Nile was to its existence and prosperity and kept it looking good and provided all the “luxuries” they thought it would enjoy. Idol worship is seen as a symbiotic relationship. One gives to an idol based on an assumption that by giving, the worshipper will receive more in return.
Is there a need for a shamash (extra candle) for our Chanuka candles now that we have plenty of electric light?
Rabbi Nechemia opened his remarks by honoring the hosts and expounded: The pasuk says: “Shaul said to the Keinites: ‘Go, distance yourselves, and descend from the Amalekites, lest I destroy you along with them, and you did kindness with all of Bnei Yisrael’” (Shmuel I, 15:6). Let us compare the matters through a kal vachomer. If Yitro (patriarch of the Keinites), who only drew Moshe close to him for his own honor, received such treatment, one who hosts a talmid chacham in his home, gives him to eat and to drink, and has him benefit from his property, is all the more so [worthy of reward]. Rabbi Yossi opened his remarks by honoring the hosts and expounded: The pasuk says: “Do not despise an Edomite, for he is your brother; do not despise an Egyptian, for you were a stranger in his land” (Devarim 23:8). Let us compare the matters through a kal vachomer. The Egyptians welcomed in Israel for their own purposes, as the pasuk says: “And if you [Yosef] know that there are among them talented people, you shall make them officers over my cattle” (Bereishit 47:6). If they deserved consideration, one who hosts a talmid chacham in his home, gives him to eat and to drink, and has him benefit from his property, is all the more so [worthy of reward].
The plaintiff (=pl) has been renting an apartment from the defendants’ (=def) father and after his death from them for a long time, on a monthly basis. Now, pl claims rights under the Law for the Protection a Tenant and wants to sublet the property and receive part of the key money.
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Rabanit Itah bat Chana
Mr. Eliyahu ben Sara Zelda Carmel
Mrs. Racheli Bat Rozi Bouskila
This edition of
Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
is endowed by
Les & Ethel Sutker
Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l
in memory of
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Yaakov Tzvi HaCohen z”l
A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).