Shabbat Parashat Vayigash | 5769
Don’t Underestimate the Religious Establishment
Last year we wrote about Yosef’s attempt to turn
Yosef was successful in centralizing control over the country, obtaining all of the land and moving people to the cities during the food crisis. There was one exception. He was unable to acquire the pagan priests’ lands because Paroh provided for them (Bereishit 47:26). Apparently this “religious establishment” in
One of the biggest riddles in Jewish history is how Avshalom was able to garner support against his father, David, perhaps the most successful, loved, and revered king we have known. There are no major areas where David was lacking, including the judicial system, where “he performed justice and righteousness for all his nation” (Shmuel II, 8:15). Avshalom’s plan to improve the judicial system should have been one that any child would have seen through: “Who will place me a judge in the land, so that everyone who has a quarrel will come to me and I will justify him” (Shmuel II, 15:4). What sense does that make, as both sides of a quarrel cannot win?
The navi stresses another area in which Avshalom stood out: bringing sacrifices. He asked his father special permission to bring sacrifices in Chevron. In that context it also points out that the people were strongly behind him (ibid.: 7-12). What is the connection between these things?
Let us make the following suggestion.
We pray that we will be able to increase sanctity in the nation so that the religious establishment will focus people’s energies in the correct direction.
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This edition of Hemdat Yamim is dedicated to the memory of Shirley, Sara Rivka bat Yaakov Tzvi HaCohen z”L
R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
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and Louis and Lillian Klein, z”l.