Rabbi Milevsky's Thought of the Week: Miketz - 5775

FROM WELCOME TO UNWELCOME

In Pareshat Miketz Yosef, after deciphering Pharaoh's dream, became the second in command in Egypt. When the king informed him of his new job he was told "You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you."

The last sentence רק הכסא אגדל ממך can also be understood to mean "I shall become great because of you." Pharaoh sensed that Yosef's talents and abilities can do wonders for the welfare of the land, and make the leader look good as well.

Throughout the ages, the Jewish people have made great contributions to nations and kings when granted freedom and allowed to maximize their abilities.

When doing so, while maintaining their heritage, they did good for the world and sanctified the name of God as well. 

Unfortunately, when the Jew loses sight of his true mission and begins shedding his true identity, he gets unfriendly reminders from the host that he does not belong.

Happy Chanukah Shabbat Shalom