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What kind of gifts?

Wednesday, 24 December, 2014 - 8:09 pm

 

Joseph reveals himself to his brothers after 22 years. He instructs them not to tarry and to bring their father to Egypt. He sends them off with gifts so that they are provided for until their return. 

The Torah tells us that Joseph sent to his father ten donkeys carrying of the best of Egypt. What was "the best of Egypt"? According to the talmud, he sent aged wine and split Egyptian beans.

Why?

Joseph was sending a message to Jacob, echoing his comments to his brothers, that "you did not send me here, but G-d". This Egyptian bean was best eaten when it was split. Joseph was telling Jacob not to be sad regarding his being sold as it was G-d splitting/separating us in order to pave the way for us, and the rest of the world, to survive the famine.

Being that he had abstained from wine, Joseph sent aged wine, showing Jacob that throughout the years he had maintained the hope and trust in G-d that the day will come that he will be reunited with his family and drink wine again.

This message is for us as well. Although we are under the constraints of "Mitzrayim", our personal Egypt; the challenges of too much to do and not enough time, the lack of “Jewish environment” etc., we must remember that what happens to us is part of G-d's plan and we should maintain faith and hope that things will be good. 

Instead of looking to see if the "Egyptians" will approve of our serving G-d, we should do our best to continue to do as many mitzvot as we can and to learn as much Torah as we can. Through this, we will be blessed spiritually as well as in material matters. 

Have a wonderful Shabbos.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

 

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