PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
Rabbi Shimon Feigenbaum
At the beginning of Parshat Mikeitz, Pharaoh is greatly disturbed by two dreams. First he dreams of seven thin cows devouring seven fat cows, and then he dreams of seven thin stalks of grain swallowing seven thick stalks of grain.
At the beginning of Parshat Mikeitz, Pharaoh is greatly disturbed by two dreams. First he dreams of seven thin cows devouring seven fat cows, and then he dreams of seven thin stalks of grain swallowing seven thick stalks of grain. Pharaoh's advisors are unable to suitably interpret his dreams. Finally, the chief butler remembers Joseph and mentions to Pharaoh that Joseph can interpret dreams. Pharaoh decides to seek Joseph's advice, and the verse tells us, "Pharaoh sent and summoned Joseph, and they rushed him from the dungeon" (Genesis 41:14).
When telling us that Joseph was taken from the prison, the verse could have simply stated that they brought him. Why does it have to specifically say that he was brought quickly?
The Chofetz Chaim, the saintly leader of world Jewry at the beginning of this century, explains that the Torah is teaching us a very important lesson. Joseph had been in jail for many years, but now it was time to leave. When Hashem saves a person from a bad situation, that help can come in an instant. Since the time for Joseph to leave has now come, Hashem does not delay for even one second. As such, Joseph was rushed from the jail.
Unfortunately, many people go through times when they feel discouraged. Few of us have the troubles that Joseph had. The Chofetz Chaim reminds us that we are not allowed to lose hope. Just like with Joseph, who one minute was in the dungeon and the next minute was almost the king, so too, Hashem helps all of us. Sometimes it is just a matter of waiting for that designated time.
Rabbi Shimon Feigenbaum is an educator at the Torah Day School of Atlanta.
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