Vayeishev

Vayeishev

Yaakov settled in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Cana’n.

Tzadikim are filled with a burning desire to perform mitzvohs, and they are not satisfired until they have fulfilled each mitzvah in the Torah to perfection.

Throughout the years that Yaakov Avinu sojourned with Lavan, he was unable to perform two mitzvos; the commandment to honor one’s parents, and the commandment to live in Eretz Yisrael. This caused Yaakov Avinu to be in a constant state of distress.

When Yaakov Avinu returned to Eretz Yisrael, and was near his father Yitzchok, he finally felt some peace of mind, since he was now able to fulfill the mitzvos which he had previously been unable to perform.This is what the posuk says: Vayeishev Yaakov“— Yaakov had peace of mind and he relaxed. When was that? “In the land where his father lived“- When he was near his father, thus being able to perform the mitzva of kibud av, and “In the land of Cana’an“- When he reached Eretz Yisrael. Only then was his mind at peace.

This is what the posuk says: Vayeishev Yaakov“— Yaakov had peace of mind and he relaxed. When was that? “In the land where his father lived“- When he was near his father, thus being able to perform the mitzva of kibud av, and “In the land of Cana’an“- When he reached Eretz Yisrael. Only then was his mind at peace.

(Yodei Binah)

And he (Yosef) related it (the dreams) to his father, and to his brothers; his father scolded him… so his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

The Meforshim ask: First, Yaakov Avinu rebuked Yosef when he related his dreams. This was surely because Yaakov did not attribute any significance to the dreams, and he thought that Yosef was speaking foolishly. In the next verse though, we see that Yaakov Avinu kept the matter in mind, which implies that he did find some substance to the dreams, and waited to see how matters will develop?

If a simple pauper will come to a town’s square and proclaim, “One day I will be your king, and I will rule over you,“ the townspeople would mock him and laugh at him, saying, “Poor fellow. He has a ridiculous notion in his mind.“ They surely wouldn’t envy him. If, however, the people do envy a person who announces that he will one day reign as their king, it shows that there is some substance to his claim, and that they’re considering the likelihood that this individual will eventually be crowned as king.

When Yaakov Avinu first heard Yosef’s dreams, he admonished him for his foolishness, because he believed that they’re merely insignificant dreams. Once Yaakov Avinu saw that Yosef’s brothers became jealous of him, he understood that there must be a possibility that the dreams will come true, and so he waited to see how the events will unfold.

(Vayedaber Moshe)

 

Yehuda said to his brothers, “What gain will there be if we kill our brother, and cover up his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Yishmaelim…

Yosef’s brothers plotted to kill him, yet they could not bear the thought that their father Yaakov should discover that they did it. With this in mind, Yehuda advised his brothers, “If we slay Yosef, our father will surely be consumed by grief and mourning. Since the holy Shechina only rests were happiness reigns, Hashem will certainly not reveal the truth to Yaakov so long as he is sad. Chazal tell us, that there’s a gezeirah on the dead that they are forgotten from the mourner’s heart, and the pain of the loss is diminished over time. If it is so, there will come a time that Yaakov Avinu will cease to grieve over Yosef, and the Shechina will return unto him, and the Shevotim’s deed might be revealed to them.

“Therefore,“ concluded Yehuda, “it is better a idea to sell Yosef to the Yishmaelim, thereby causing Yaakov to mourn over Yosef continuously, since on living people it is not decreed that they should be forgotten. Thus, the Shechina wll no longer rest on Yaakov, and he will never become aware of who the culprits were.“

According to this we interpret the posuk as follows; “Ma Betza“—What will we gain by slaying our brother, “Vechisinu“- Will we be able to conceal his blood? After a while Yaakov will cease to mourn, and the truth will come to light. Therefore, “Lechu“- Come, let us sell Yosef to the Yishmaelim, and thus prevent our deed from ever being discovered, since Yaakov will never be consoled over his loss.

(Rav Chida zt“l)

 

The prison warden placed all inmates of the prison in Yosef’s custody, and everything that was done there he would accomplish“.

There is a natural tendency, that people, who rise in ranks of society, hold themselves in high esteem and delegate work and tasks to others. Either they hire people to do those tasks because of their stature they give orders to others. This can result that other people will hate them, since they feel that their bosses are condescending and are shirking work. “Let them do that work themselves,“ they think.

Yosef HaTzaddik did not act like that. Although the prisoners were in his custody he would work together with them as an equal. The other prisoners appreciated and respected Yosef for his fairness.

(Pardes Yosef)