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Mamtak le Shabbat - Miketz

ממתק לשבת פרשת מקצ תשע״ט

In a town near the city of Prague, there once lived a Jew named Yitzhak. One morning he woke up and said to his wife: "I'm going to go to the big city, to Prague." His wife asked him what happened, what did he lose there? He answered her: "At night I had a dream that there, in Prague, under the bridge, a large treasure was buried!" His wife tells him: why are you chasing (running) dreams? But there was no one to talk to, the husband was already on his way to Prague.

And so, he arrived there, descends under the very bridge that he saw in a dream, began to dig. Suddenly a soldier comes up to him and says: "Hey, what are you doing here?!" Yitzhak says to him: "I had a dream that a treasure was buried here." The soldier looked at him and said: “What are you talking about ... It can’t be like that ... I had a dream a week ago that here nearby in a small town, there is a Jew named Yitzhak, and he has a green stove at home, and I dreamed that a treasure was hidden behind this stove! Do you also think that I should go there, find this town, there is the house of this Jew and dig under his house?!" The Jew said to him: "You are right!" He returned home, moved his green stove in the kitchen and found a treasure there.

In recent weeks we have been reading a lot in the Torah about dreams. About Jacob's dream in which there was a ladder... 28:12. And he dreamed: and behold, a ladder was placed on the earth, and its top reached heaven;

We read about the dreams of Yosef, also about the dreams of the butler and the baker, the ministers at the court of the Pharaoh, and this week we are reading about the dreams of the Pharaoh himself.

What is the essence of sleep? What is it that people dream about?

Dreams can be prophetic, in a dream a person can think of any good thing for this to happen, and see himself exactly where he wanted to be.

The Torah teaches us that a dream can have meaning. This does not mean that a dream always has a meaning and that it will definitely come true - in Judaism there is such a phrase: "halomot shav idaberu" (can be translated as "dreams speak empty" - see below).

Zharya 10, 2. From the translator: when a person dreamed of something bad, then when he woke up he must say this phrase - so that the dream would not come true). But if

there is a good dream and I want it to come true, the Torah tells us: you can cast (smelt) the content in your dream and make it (dream) *. In our chapter we see Yosef being brought before the Pharaoh after the king's butler recommends Yosef as a professional dreamer. Yosef knows that this one


a chance that he may have been waiting for all his life - he has the opportunity to find mercy in the eyes of the Pharaoh and be "on horseback" again - not only get out of prison, but also become a free man, or he will have to return to prison again and spend more time there many many years.

It would seem that Yosef should have tried to "apply" himself from the best side: yeah. I am an experienced professional. And in general, my father is the righteous Yitzhak, and my grandfather ... uuuu, ABRAAM himself !!! Better than me, no one can interpret your dream!

But what do we see when he comes to Pharaoh and Pharaoh says: 41:15. And Paro said to Yosef: I had a dream, but there is no one to interpret it. And I heard this about you: you listen to a dream in order to interpret it.

And what does Yosef answer him? - "41:16. And Yosef Paro answered, saying: Not from me ..! God will provide

answer for the good of Paro" - Me?! Who am I anyway! The Almighty - He is the one who can help you. And we all know that the word "Almighty" was not the most popular in

those times in Egypt. Pharaoh, who considered himself a god, most likely did not like Yosef's answer, but Yosef is confident in himself and says to Pharaoh: God is the one who will answer Pharaoh, and Yosef interprets his dreams for him. And it turns out that Pharaoh liked his interpretation of dreams so much and impressed him so much that he turns to his ministers and people and says: "41:38. And Paro said to his servants: Shall we find such a man in whom the spirit of God is? " – he describes Yosef as the one in whom the spirit of God – to hear this from the Pharaoh can be very surprising. We see that Yosef realizes his dream (from the last chapter) of becoming a king by simply introducing the Almighty as another character in this whole story, and thus his dream became a reality and came true, since the Almighty really set him to save the whole world from hunger at that time.

Similarly, in the story of Hanukkah - the story of Matetiau and sons (Makovei) - we see the same thing: Matetiau and his sons had a dream that they would defeat the Greeks and it really was a dream, since it was not real - few against numerous, weak against the strong - and with all this they knew that their goal was to bring in the Almighty - and to the merit of this they knew that they could win.

Each of us has dreams in life: material dreams, spiritual dreams - and sometimes it seems to us so far from reality that it is definitely just a dream. The Torah comes and teaches us that we can also realize (realize) these dreams if we can only bring the Almighty into these dreams.

May the desire of the Almighty be that we can be worthy to realize the biggest dream of all of us - the arrival of the Messiah, and with it complete and speedy deliverance!

Amen 



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One day during Hanukkah, the Turkish Sultan, having decided to visit one of his courtiers, came to visit Nisim Rahamim, his court physician. As a Jew, Nissim lit the candles and they both enjoyed their light while eating donuts and ladkes. The Sultan listened with great attention to the story of his doctor about candles and Hanukkah, and when he finished, the Sultan asked: “What is this central candle that rises above the others?”, Nissim answered him that this candle is called “shamash” (servant, assistant) and is used to light Hanukkah candles. The Sultan told him: “If only this were her destiny, then she would not burn all the time and, moreover, would not rise above other candles! I'm sure it has some secret meaning and you just don't want to tell me because I'm not a Jew. You have three days to come to my palace and tell me about its true purpose!” Sultan got up in anger and left the doctor’s house. Nissim was completely at a loss about what had happened, in addition to the fact that he already had enough ill-wishers in the palace and not enough that his anger spread to all the Jews in the country because of this.

He went outside to take a short walk and calm down. As soon as he left, an old Jew approached him and, seeing his depressed state, asked him what gnawed at him so much. Nissim decided to share his problem with the elder and told him everything that happened at his house half an hour - an hour ago and added "and now I don't know what to tell the Sultan so that it could satisfy him." The elder smiled and said to the doctor: “Go to the Sultan and tell him, “the big secret is hidden in the shamash, this candle tells us all: look at me and you can see, unlike all the other candles, I am not here for myself, I here only to light other candles and illuminate them, to give them strength and the ability to shine and illuminate. This is the true reason why I am put above everyone else, ”just as we, the people, must understand that the more we care and help others, the higher we ourselves can rise!” Then the doctor said with delight: “Wow, now I have something to answer the Sultan to satisfy his curiosity!”

In our weekly chapter - Mi Kets - we read about Yosef, how the water bearer finally remembers what Yosef did for him and what he promised him, and tells the Pharaoh about the wonderful young man who interpreted their dreams while they were in prison, and Pharaoh calls Yosef to him. Yosef is given a great opportunity to personally meet with the Pharaoh himself, for him this is a great chance to impress the king with his outstanding abilities and abilities, and thereby convince him to use them too. When the Pharaoh informs Yosef that he has heard about his outstanding ability to interpret dreams, instead of telling the Pharaoh that he is big


“Mekubal”, from the dynasty of great “Mekubalim”, his dad is a great super-righteous Yitzhak, and his grandfather in general..., instead of all this, Yosef answers the king: “... And Yosef Paro answered, saying: Not from me ..! G-d will give an answer for the good of Paro. ...” (Genesis 41:16) and throughout the whole conversation with Pharaoh he continues to constantly talk about G-d, instead of himself. The reason that Yosef wanted to be a "shamash" was because Yosef knew that if he really wanted to rise up and get out of his plight, he must highlight the power of the Creator and his, Yosef's, ability to embody G-d's desire in this world. to help everyone. And Pharaoh really understood Yosef's hint and said to him: “... And Paro said to his servants: Shall we find such a man, in whom is the spirit of God? ...” (Genesis 41:38)

- in order for us to successfully survive these hungry years and so that we do not have beggars and the poor at this time, we need such a person in whom the spirit of God, who will understand that his task is not to take care of himself and his property, but to help others.

This also expressed the essence of the confrontation between the Hasmoneans (Hashmonaim) and the Greeks. Anyone who saw the Greeks enter the Temple might be amazed at the fact that they did not destroy everything that came their way, but searched the entire Temple and opened all the jugs of oil. They didn't even pour it out, they just opened it. The purpose of their opposition to the Jews was the fact that the Jews claimed that G-d is in everything, in every thing. They did not interfere with the fact that the Jews had their own culture, they respected culture and everything connected with it very much. But they could not accept that this culture was supernatural. It is beautiful to light a lamp in the Temple, but to light it with spiritually pure oil, it did not fit in their head, did not lend itself to a logical explanation, and they did not want to put up with it. Therefore, when the Jews returned to the Temple, they were looking for a pot of pure oil, which would symbolize both victory and the possibility of ignition in a supernatural way. And since the Jewish people behaved “above the laws of nature”, not thinking about themselves, but about their destiny in this world, and since their act went beyond the framework of natural behavior, they themselves were worthy to rise, and from heaven they were also answered in a supernatural way , and oil instead of a couple of days was enough for eight.

May the Almighty wish that we do not forget to listen to the story of Hanukkah candles and especially to the secret of the Shamash candle, which reminds us all that our task in this world is to give, shine, warm those around us, and by doing so, we ourselves can rise and exalt ourselves.

Amen 😊

Hanukkah Sameach and Shabbat Shalom! Translation: Uri Golberg :)