Illuminations #103, Tevet 5777, Parshat Vayigash

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Illuminations #103, Tevet 5777, Parshat Vayigash

Torah Gems

Now, do not be distressed or reproach yourselves because you sold me hither; it was to save life that God sent me ahead of you. It is now two years that there has been famine in the land, and there are still five years to come in which there shall be no yield from tilling. God has sent me ahead of you to ensure your survival on earth, and to save your lives in an extraordinary deliverance. So, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, lord of all his household, and ruler over the whole land of Egypt.
Yosef, after revealing himself to his brothers, told them that it wasn’t them that sent him to Egypt, rather it was Hashem.
Yosef’s view on life was that everything that happens in this world has a big picture and a small picture; the small picture was that his brothers sold him to Egypt, which means that Yosef should get his revenge, and the big picture was that Hashem sent Yosef to Egypt and everything has a reason.
Yosef chose to live his life in the big picture, that everything is for the good and is the will of Hashem.  By doing so, Yosef could hold no grudge against his brothers and showed them instead how much he loved them.


Parsha Pearls

He had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph, to point the way before him to Goshen. So when they came to the region of Goshen.
Yaakov sent Yehuda down to Egypt to Yosef to start a yeshiva. Why does the pasuk have to say that he was sent to Yosef; who else in Egypt would help open up a yeshiva other then Yosef?
The Oznaim Latorah answers that Yosef was very busy with feeding people during the famine, thus he might feel that, since he is busy with a mitzvah, he is not obligated to get involved with another mitzvah. This is why Yaakov sent Yehuda to Yosef: to tell him that starting the makom torah in Egypt was as crucial as feeding the hungry people and he should do them both.

Glimpses of Greatness

Rav Chaim Chizkiah Medini, the Sdeh c Chemed,  was walking down the street carrying some items he had purchased when he met one of his students. The student rushed over and pleaded to let him help Rav Chaim carry his packages. Rav Chaim refused but, seeing his student’s disappointment, handed him his mikvah bag and kept his shabbat purchases in his own hand.
As they were walking, a goy came up from behind Rav Chaim and bumped the Rabbi with his shoulder with such force that he almost knocked him down. The many Jews who witnessed the incident were incensed and moved menacingly toward the goy. The Rav stopped them, saying, “Leave him alone; perhaps he did it unintentionally, or perhaps Heaven commanded him to push me to atone for my sins. Please: I do not hold him responsible, nor do I hold any grudge against him.”
So astounded was the goy by these words that he fell on his knees and kissed the hem of Rav Chaim’s robe.

Halacha Weekly

Q. Is it permitted to make copies of Sefarim? (I-554)

A. Devarim 19: 14 states, “You shall not move (lo Tasig) a boundary of your fellow which the early ones marked out in your inheritance that your shall inherit, in the land that Hashem your G-d gives you to possess it.”  Mishneh Halachot (1-279, R. Menashe Klein, Z”L) states “…According to the simplistic understanding  of the matter, if a person buys an item it belongs to him, and he can do with it what his heart desires. This is also true with a copy [of a sefer] . But if he makes the copy to sell…, there is a prohibition of heseget gevul (moving boundaries of one’s neighbor).

Shevet HaLevi (4-202, R. Shmuel Wosner, Z”L) writes that it is permitted to make copies of pages from within a sefer for the sake of a student who may not be able to purchase the complete sefer, since it is not the complete sefer.  It is not like entering into competition with the business of his fellow, or withholding from him additional profits, and he is not publishing for the sake of selling to the public. Likewise, Tzitz Eliezer (8-80, R. EliezerWaldenberg, Z”L) writes that it is permissible to make copies of statements… from a sefer…or anything for which the goal is the sake of learning or personal use, but not for the sake of resale, and also it is not in order to…conceal the source of the teaching [by pretending that the statement is his own].


In memory of Moshe ben Meir, ז”ל

By Amy and Jacques Elfersy