Pearls of Rashi: Parshas Mikeitz

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In this week’s Parshah, Mikeitz, we learn that there was a famine throughout the world. In Canaan[1], “Yaakov saw that they were selling grain in Mitzraim. He said to his sons, ‘Why do you appear satiated?'”

What was the meaning of Yaakov’s question, “why do you appear satiated?” Rashi explains that his problem was, “Why do you show yourselves before the sons of Yishmoel and the sons of Aisov as if you are satiated? For at that time, they still had grain.”

Yaakov was not concerned that the other nations would question why his children were satiated when everyone else was hungry. He was worried that it would appear to them as if his children were the only full ones. They did have grain, as Rashi writes, but they only had enough grain for that time. Why would Yaakov’s children make it appear that they were full when they did not have food for the future.

The explanation is that this indicates the total trust that they had in Hashem. They were confident that Hashem would not abandon their holy father. Just as they had enough grain for now, so too would they have in the future. Hashem would continue to take care of them. If they could not naturally have food, Hashem would give it to them miraculously.

It is natural to be concerned with “putting away something for a rainy day.” Unless one knows that he has enough to eat tomorrow, he may feel hungry today. Real trust in Hashem, Bitachon, precludes that feeling.

Emunah, belief, means that one believes that ultimately Hashem will help; in any case, everything He does is for good. Conversely, Bitachon implies that I know that Hashem is taking care of me now. With real Bitachon, one will never be hungry. He will feel satiated, and that is how he will appear to others.

We must learn from Yaakov’s children, the Tribes of Israel, to have constant trust in Hashem. We must always know that he will not forsake us for even one second.

Have a great week and a wonderful Shabbos!

Rabbi Shmuel Mendelsohn

Adapted from Likkutei Sichos Volume 30, p. 190 ff.

DEDICATED IN HONOR OF THE LUBAVITCHER REBBE

מוקדש לזכות כ”ק אדמו”ר נשיא דורנו מליובאוויטש

IN HONOR OF 

The Soldiers of Tzivos Hashem Chaim and Aiden Oded שיחיו Morris 

DEDICATED BY THEIR PARENTS 

Rabbi & Mrs. Menachem M. and Chaya Mushka שיחיו Morris 

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[1]. Our Parshah, Bereishis 42:1.

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