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When Crisis Stricks

Thursday, 9 December, 2010 - 11:49 am

You ever had a rough day? Who hasn't? What do you do about it? Roll up in a ball and cry? (I've been guilty of that on more than one occasion). Imagine you could see into the future and see all your successes and failures? All your friend's future successes and failures?

Well, we find something akin to this in this week's Torah portion. We find Joseph reunited with his brothers and his full biological brother Benjamin. The verse describes how each cried on each others shoulders over the future loss that would take place in their respective territories. (Joseph's loss of the Mishkan/Tabernacle of Shiloh in his future territory and Benjamin's loss of the Temple on his future territory).

It says each cried for the others loss but not thier own, How strange is that? The Lubavitcher Rebbe of righteous memory explains that there is a deep message embedded within this story.

When a crisis strikes, when there is destruction in one's life, there is no time to cry, rather one must act. Of course, crying may be a natural reaction, but ultimately after the initial shock wears off, we really must act, because tears never rebuilt a building, got someone rehired, healed the sick, etc., action, prayers, good deeds did.

That said, when it comes to someone else 's crises or tragedy, and we are faced with limited options as to what to do to help them out, then we must cry. We must not be insensitive and uncaring, we must weep bitter tears on their behalf and beg G-D Almighty to be merciful to them and help them out of their straights.

Not an easy task, but the truth rarely is easy.

Have a Wonderful Shabbos!

Rabbi Schusterman

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