December 16, 2021 10:02 am at 10:02 am #2042336abukspanParticipant
Vayechi – Buried Treasure:
וימת יוסף – And Yosef died (Bereishis 50:26).
Yosef hid three treasures in Egypt. One was revealed to Korach, the second to Antoninus, and the third is hidden for tzaddikim in the future (Sanhedrin 11a, Pesachim 119a).
This statement can be understood literally, since we know that all of the world’s wealth was accumulated by Yosef during the famine and he hid it before he died. The Pardeis Yosef (p.360) writes that there is an allegorical way to understand this, as well. There are three treasures, three “pearls of wisdom,” that we can glean from Yosef’s life; three treasured ideals can be uncovered and extracted by examining Yosef’s experiences.
We see from Yosef that if a person is destined to have a certain position in life, nothing can stop this from happening. Through his dreams, Yosef was told that he would be the ruler over his brothers. Although the shevatim tried to stop this from happening – by plotting to kill him and then by selling him into slavery – nothing could prevent Yosef from receiving what was rightfully his. Indeed, he became the leader of his brothers. This lesson has great value. You don’t have to be concerned that people will take what is rightfully yours. If you do your part, you can sit back and leave the rest up to Hashem. This is one treasure we glean from Yosef’s life.
In addition, we see from Yosef that you do not have to compromise your principles or religious beliefs in order to find or gain acceptance in the larger world. While living in Egypt, the bastion of immorality, Yosef was able to remain Yosef HaTzaddik, a holy and pure person. Although he never compromised on any of his principles, he was still the beloved and respected Tzafnas Paneach, ruler over Egypt. This is the second treasure or valuable lesson that we learn from Yosef.
Finally, we learn that hatred among brothers will one day come to an end. Yosef was hated by his brothers, to the point where they sold him into slavery. But in the end, they forgave one another; they were able to live in peace and harmony. This is a third valued principle we see from Yosef.
The Gemara says that Yosef buried these three treasures.
The first treasure was revealed in the days of Korach. Korach was supported by the elite of Klal Yisrael and aided by his riches (the actual treasure of Yosef) in his attempt to usurp power from Moshe and Aharon. But since Hashem had chosen Aharon to be the Kohen Gadol, then even with all the wealth and political support of Korach’s, he could not succeed in garnering for himself an unjust position. Aharon was chosen just as Yosef had been chosen. Just as nobody had been able to take the position away from Yosef, nothing or no one could take it away from Aharon.
The second treasure was revealed in the days of Antoninus and Rebbi. Rebbi, the leader of the Yidden in his time, had a remarkably close relationship with the Roman ruler Antoninus (see Avodah Zarah 11a). Yet, at no time did he have to compromise his values. He was able to remain “Rabbeinu HaKadosh,” the unparalleled gadol in Torah and piety, and still have the affection and friendship of the gentile Antoninus. He, like Yosef, maintained his principles and did not lose the respect of the people in power.
The third treasure, writes the Gemara, will be revealed in the future. Although the animus between Yosef and his brothers did eventually come to an end, we are, unfortunately, not yet there. There is still sinas chinam. The Temple has not yet been rebuilt.
But there will come a day when this last treasure from Yosef is unearthed. And we can be assured that at that time, there will be peace on earth.December 16, 2021 1:27 pm at 1:27 pm #2042393Reb EliezerParticipant
The Ben Ish Chai gives a mashel to realize that the real treasure is the Torah. The father, to make his plants grow nicely where rain is scarce, had an irrigation canal which he would dig out from rocks and pebbles periodically to ensure that water could flow without any obstruction. When dying, he commanded his sons to dig out the ditch as a treasure is buried in it. The brothers followed the fathers instructions but did not find any treasure. They surmised that the father was not by his mind at the time he commanded them. Later, when they saw how everything grew nicely compared to others, they realized what the father meant by the treasure. The Torah is like the water flowing but sometimes it gets stuffed up, so we have work on it to allow the water to flow without any obstruction makes trees grow that bear beautiful fruits. באר חפרוה שרים The Torah is compared to a well that was dug out by rulers over their bad inclinations כרוה נדיבי עם those who learn Torah lishmo, for its own sake with the help of Moshe Rabbenu.December 17, 2021 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm #2042734Reb EliezerParticipant
The malachim wanted the hidden treasure, the secrets hidden in the Torah, so Moshe Rabbenu told them that if the simple understanding does not apply they cannot receive that either. The Ben Ish Chai illustrates this with a mashel. A father who had multiple children. He bought one of them a special suit which has precious stones and jewelry sewn into it. They all agreed that whoever gets the suit gets the valuables in it but the question was who it was intended for? The youngest one gets up and says, let’s try it on see who it fits?
The Chasam Sofer explains that in order to be mechadesh something in the Torah we have to put the effort into it through kashyes by revealing the hidden buried treasures. The haflah says that a kashye is a divine intervention, a siyata dishmaya. He gives a mashel to a simpleton who was given a diamond. He thinks, what can I do with it? So, he goes to a goldsmith, as he likes gold, he tells to cover it in gold. As he was no expert in the field, he left some holes behind. The simpleton sees the gold but the smart one sees the diamond under the gold which gets revealed through the kashyes.
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