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    Even before the Covid pandemic, an “epidemic of loneliness” was compromising our physical and mental health and even our life expectancy. Despite people being more connected than ever now—through smartphones,...

    The Torah (45:23) states, ולאביו†≠†שלח†כזאתÆÆƆעשר†חמרים†≠†נשאים מטוב†מצרים†, “To his father, [Yosef] sent ten donkeys, carrying the goods of Mitzrayim…” Why did Yosef send specifically†donkeys¨†and†why†precisely†Tenø The†Maharal†©Gevuras†Hashem†10®†explains†that†when†an†owner†loads†his†donkeys†with†merchandise¨†the†donkeys†carry†the†load†but†don’t†know†what†they†are†carrying†and†why†they†are†carrying†itƆYosef†sent†ten†donkeys†to†hint†to†his†father†that†he†shouldn’t†be†angry†at†his†ten†children†for†selling†Yosef†because†they†didn’t†know†what†they†were†doingÆ The†Marahal†writes¨†“Yosef†was†hinting†to†his†father†that†he†shouldn’t†punish†his†children†for†selling†him¨†because†it†was†decreed†from†heavenÆ When†the†shevatim†sold†him¨†they†were†like†a†loaded†donkey†that†doesn’t†know†why†it†carries†its†loadsƆLikewise¨†when†the†shevatim†sold†Yosef¨†they†didn’t†know†what†they†were†doingƆHakadosh†Baruch†Hu†decreed†that†they†should†go†down†to†MitzrayimƆThey†intended†to†sell†Yosef†because†of†their†hatred†towards†himƆHowever¨†the†true†purpose†was†to†bring†Yaakov†and†his†children†to†Mitzrayim…” Yosef†told†his†brothers†©†ועתם†לא אתם†שלחתם†≠†אתי†הנה†45:8 כי†האלקים†) ¨†“and†now¨†it†wasn’t†you†who†sent†me†hereƆIt†was†Hashem…”†©The†Shem†MiShmuel†said†that†a†Yid†should†repeat†those†words†every†dayÆ® Yosef†acknowledged†that†his†brothers†weren’t†guilty†of†selling†him†to†Mitzrayim†because†even†that†was†from†HashemƆIn†this†week’s†parashah, it says, אל†תרגזו†בדרך†Æ†The brothers†were†returning†home†to†tell†Yaakov†Avinu†the†good†news†that†Yosef†was†still†aliveƆThey†wanted†to†rush†home†to†share†this†wonderful†newsƆHowever¨†Yosef†warned†them¨†אל†תרגזו†בדרך†¨†don’t†be†too†hasty because†you†anyway†won’t†be†able†to†change†Hashem’s†planƆThe†moment†destined†for†Yaakov†to†know¨†he†will†know¨†and†not†a†moment†soonerƆYosef†told†them†to†go†quickly¨†מהרו†ועלו†אל ( אבי†45:9 ®†but†don’t†rush†too†much because†you†will†anyway†not†be†able†to change the time...

     In this week’s parshah, Yosef is reunited with his brothers after a twenty-two year absence. “Vayitein ess kolo b’vchee, And he (Yosef) wept aloud. (Bereishis 45:2) It is with many...

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    The Rebbe of Ruzhin zt’l said, “What tzaddikim are able to accomplish on Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, a simple Yid can accomplish on Zos performs miracles. It’s appropriate that...

    Parashat Miketz tells the miraculous story of Yosef’s rise to power in Egypt. After having been falsely accused of assaulting his master’s wife, and sitting in jail did was an act...