Shabbat Parashat Miketz| 5765
Miketz | | 1/2/2004
The commentaries explain Yosef’s psychological ploys against his brothers as a tactic to get them to do teshuva for the terrible sin they committed against him. This thesis explains many things but leaves a few points that are worthwhile to investigate. During the brothers’ second trip to Egypt, the encounter with Yosef started on a conciliatory note.
Case: There is an ongoing series of deliberations and decisions regarding control of the operations at one of the prominent sites of kivrei tzaddikim (graves of well-known, righteous people). Instead of summarizing each of the proceedings, we will mention some of the principles that emanate from the series of responses.
The gemara in Megilla (14a) says: “48 prophets prophesied … and did not detract from the Torah, nor did they add to it except for the reading of the Megilla [on Purim]. What was their source [for adding the Megilla]? If upon going from slavery to freedom they sang, upon going from death to life all the more so.” If not for this idea, it would have been forbidden to add on to the Torah in such a manner (Maharsha, ad loc.).
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A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).