Vayigash

Behind All Masks

Jul 10, 2020 |

The holy Ishbitzer sees the episode of Yosef’s revelation to his brothers as embodying a very deep idea. Reading the episode of Yosef and his brothers in the Torah, we are granted an overarching perspective the Shevatim couldn’t have possibly conceived of. Our knowledge of the joyous resolution to this difficult time with Yosef’s revelation and the family’s reunion makes it easier to read the difficult events of Mikeitz and the troubles the Shevatim had to endure. However, experiencing the…

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Elevated Prayer

Jul 10, 2020 |

“And Yehuda approached him and said, “Please my lord, let your servant appeal to my lord and let your wrath not be kindled against your servant, for you are like Pharaoh.” While on the surface prayer appears to be an opportunity to communicate our needs and desires to the Master of the world in the hope that He will fulfill them, the tzaddikim explain that there are deeper levels of prayer as well, levels which, when understood and applied, can…

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