שאלות ותשובות בהלכה - הרב ש. ב. גנוט

what language to Jaob speak? and what language did Joseph speak?

 

what language to Jaob speak? and what language did Joseph speak?

this Torah thought is based on (and quotes) from Rabbi Shlomo (zatza"l) and Rabbi Buchwald of NJOP

8th Day of Chanuka 

In the darkest and scariest part of the torah - where our forefathers the 12 brothers are separated and our forefather Jacob lives in grief - yet our SPIRIT and connection to G-d and our Holy History gave us the light on the situation 

to PREVAIL in a HOLY way! 

Note: I'm sorry this didn't come before Shabbat - it was a VERY short day after my return to Israel from the Chanuka Concert in NY with Yisroel Juskowitz - so please enjoy this today ... 

we were uplifted by the strength of our forebears as taught in the Torah. 

.In the weekly portion - Reb Shlomo says- we learn - that 

Yaakov didn’t just see that there is food in Eygpt (to send his boys to purchase during the famine), 

(but) he had this highest vision that if Hashem made (it) so that 

in the darkest place in the world (corrupt Egypt) should be (have) food for he whole world 

there must be something deeper something much greater 

a salvation for all Yidden, 

The holy Grodzisker (who wrote) the Divrei Elimeilech says the deepest depth is 

we learn from this that even in the darkest place in the world Hashem makes us miracles and a great light comes out, 

even when its very dark we should be filled with joy for the light is round the corner, that’s why we kindle lights Chanuke in the darkest nights of the year, 

also at the end of the months, 

to show that we trust Hashem for great things to happen 

even when we least expect, 

may we all be blessed to see the light shining forever, Omein. 

ANd from Rabbi Buchwald on HOW TO DO THE SAME 

The story of Joseph is an affirmation of how to remain true to one's faith while still succeeding in non-Jewish society. (The Torah teaches us that) He spoke Egyptian without an accent and pretended not to understand Hebrew (which his family spoke). 

He dressed in royal robes. ... 

Joseph was so well disguised by his Egyptian identity that even his own brothers could not recognize him. 

The story of Joseph is an affirmation of how to remain true to one's faith while still succeeding in non-Jewish society. (like today's world) 

He spoke Egyptian without an accent and pretended not to understand Hebrew. He dressed in royal robes. and was ... disguised by his Egyptian identity .... 

Throughout his stunning career, however, Joseph never forgot who he was. When Joseph finally revealed himself, he declared: ". . .for it was to preserve life that God sent me before you" (Genesis 45:5). 

SO MAY WE ALL REMEMBER WHO WE ARE AND OUR PURPOSE IN THE WORLD 

CHANUKA SAMAYACH 

AE