The title of the this week’s Parsha always captures my imagination, Miketz – from the end. The first thing it draws my attention to is the difference between the beginning and the end of our Parsha. At the beginning Yosef is an imprisoned slave and his brothers are free, in the end Yosef is free while his brothers are enslaved and imprisoned. Thus I had always understood our Parsha as instruction to try and view things from the end, how they will turn out. The problem with this is, we can’t do that. We don’t know the end, so we can’t understand what is happening to us from a non-existent future prospective.
What is it that allows Yosef in our Parsha to rise from a dungeon to the head of Egypt, and why do the brothers fall into slavery and imprisonment? Planning, The whole time Yosef was in prison he was making plans for the future, for what he will do at the end of this current predicament. Yehuda and the brothers failed to do this, the whole time they were in Yosef’s house they knew they were being set up, yet they failed to create a plan for when the trap was sprung. One of the few constants in life is change, Whatever situation I find myself in currently, the one thing I know is that it will not remain. We need to be ever cognizant of this and see things Miketz – from the end of this period and anticipate what will come next.
Shabbat Shalom and happy Hanuka!
Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis