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    Yosef told Pharoah
    (41:25) “What
    Hashem is doing, He has told Pharaoh.”
    Reb Moshe Minder zt’l (Toras Avos)
    explains that Yosef told Pharaoh that
    everything that occurs in the world,
    Hashem does it.
    Pharaoh replied (41:39) “There is no one
    as understanding and wise as you.”
    Pharaoh admitted that no one is as wise
    as Yosef because Yosef understands that
    everything is from Hashem.
    Even Pharoah’s thoughts are in Hashem’s
    hands. We will prove it:
    The Torah tells us that Pharaoh changed
    Yosef’s name to Tzafnas Paneiach. The
    Chasam Sofer (Toras Moshe) zt’l asks,
    why is it important to know the name
    that Pharaoh called Yosef, and why is it
    written in the Torah?
    The Chasam Sofer explains that if
    Pharaoh hadn’t changed Yosef’s name,
    everyone in Mitzrayim would call him

    Yosef, and the brothers would be afraid
    to come before him.
    The Chofetz Chaim zt’l also teaches this
    lesson and explains that if the brothers
    didn’t come to Yosef, Hashem’s plan (by
    the Bris Bein Habesarim) that Bnei
    Yisrael would go down to Mitzrayim
    wouldn’t have
    occurred. So,
    Hakadosh Baruch
    Hu put in
    Pharaoh’s mind to
    change Yosef’s
    name so that the
    Yidden would
    come to
    So, we see that
    even the thoughts in Pharaoh’s mind are
    from Hashem.
    A poritz once told his Jewish employee,
    “You are fortunate that I support you
    because what would you do without me?
    Your entire parnassah comes from me.”
    The Yid replied, “You don’t support me;
    Hashem does.”

    This response enraged the poritz.
    Angrily, he said, “You’re fired. You no
    longer work for me. Now let’s see if
    Hashem supports you.”
    Sometime later, the poritz sat in his
    room, counting gold coins. He bit each
    coin to make sure it was real. His pet
    monkey, who
    was always with
    him, watched the
    poritz do this,
    and the monkey
    copied what the
    poritz did. Only
    the monkey
    didn’t realize
    that the poritz
    was just biting
    the coins. He
    thought he was eating them, so the
    monkey did the same. He swallowed
    many coins and died.
    The poritz, who didn’t know why it died,
    told his servant, “Throw the corpse into
    the house of the Yid who doesn’t believe
    that I support him.”
    He did this to humiliate the Yid. The
    monkey fell with a crash, its stomach
    opened, and the many coins rolled
    On the night of the seder, the poritz
    came to the Yid’s home, assuming it
    would be dark and cold, without any
    food. To his surprise, he encountered
    a well-lit home with plenty of food.
    He was forced to admit that Hashem
    provides parnassah and nobody else.
    This story is customarily repeated
    before Pesach on Shabbos
    Mevorchim Nisan. We tell it now
    because it portrays people’s desire
    that others should think they help and
    support them, not realizing that
    everything is from Hashem.
    This is found in this week’s parashah
    when Pharaoh appointed Yosef king
    over Mitzrayim. He told Yosef
    (41:41) “See that I have appointed
    you over the entire land of
    He wanted Yosef to think that he
    appointed him to this high rank and
    that all of Yosef’s honors came from
    Pharaoh. But Yosef told his brothers
    (45:8) “And now, you did not send
    me here, but Hashem and He made

    me a father to
    Pharaoh, a lord over
    his household, and a
    ruler over the entire
    land of Mitzrayim.”
    Yosef recognized
    that his honor came
    from Hashem and not from Pharaoh.
    Yosef, the ruler of Mitzrayim, told his
    brothers that if they bring Binyamin
    (42:34), V’es Haeretz Sischaru, “You
    may travel around the land,” they may
    roam the land of Mitzrayim as free
    people. Rashi explains that the root of
    the word Sischaru is to “go around.”
    Rashi explains that businesspeople are
    called Socharim because “They go
    around looking for merchandise.”
    It is noteworthy that businesspeople are
    named for their looking for merchandise
    and not for their primary profession,
    which is to buy and sell.
    The explanation is that parnassah comes
    from Hashem. Their hishtadlus is to go
    around, from here to there, and Hashem
    sends them their parnassah.
    This week’s parashah states (41:14)
    “They rushed [Yosef] from the dungeon.”
    The Rebbe of Ostrova zt’l (Toldos Adam,
    Chanukah, 7th night) writes:
    “Let’s think about this: Yosef was in
    prison for so long. He didn’t see sunshine
    for years. There were no breaks and off
    days. After twelve years, there’s finally
    hope. He could speak to Pharoah and
    plead for his case! Why would they need
    to rush Yosef out of the dungeon? We
    would assume that Yosef would run with
    all his strength to speak to Pharaoh and
    plead for his life. But it states that
    Pharaoh’s messengers rushed Yosef out
    of prison. This is because Yosef
    HaTzaddik believed and understood that
    everything is from Hashem, including
    his freedom. It won’t happen a moment
    earlier or later than was planned Above.
    So, why rush for no reason?”
    Yosef’s high level of bitachon is evident
    in this story. For example, when Yosef
    deciphered Pharaoh’s dream, he didn’t
    mention his plight to Pharaoh at all! He
    didn’t tell Pharaoh that he was enslaved
    for no reason, and so on. This is because
    he knew that it was Hashem that would
    save him, and not Pharaoh.