Parashas Mikeitz Light Behind The Darkness

Written by Yossi1, 18/1/2019

    In parashas Mikeitz, Pharoh had a dream and he couldn't find anyone to interpret it. Comes along the Sar Hamshkim and he says that when he was in prison there was another prisoner there, Yosef, who had interpreted his dream. The pasuk then says, "Va'yehi ka'asher posar lanu," the way he interpreted our dream is the way it actually happened

    My grandfather, Eliyahu Munk, in his Sefer on Chumash, says that from here the Gemara says that all dreams and the way a person interprets his dreams is the way that the dream will play itself out. But not only that-this rule also applies to everything in life. In all situations in life, there is no reality. The way we perceive it is the way it is. If a person is optimistic and positive and he takes the situation in the right way, that's the way it is. If he is negative, then that is the way it is. All of life depends on a person's outlook on the situation he has. 
    "Chacham einav b'rosho-a wise man's eyes are in his head." What does this mean? His eyes are on his face? When a wise person sees something, he doesn't see it at face value for what it is; he interprets what he sees. If he is smart, he will interpret it in the right way, in the positive way. His eye are, so to speak, in his head because what he sees is not the way it is. It all depends on how he looks at it, and that he loooks at it in the right way.
    The famous example is a cup half full of water-do you see it half empty or as half full? The wise person looks at the cup and says it is half full. Chacham is spelled ches, chaf, and mem. Ches is for chetzi, chaf is for kos, and mem is for malei. Half the cup is full. The wise man is able to see that the cup is half full.
    When the Chashmona'im came to the Beis Hamikdash and saw that it was totally destroyed, they only found one jug of oil. Not enough to last for eight days. They could have said "That's it there isn't enough." They could have looked at what was missing. But they didn't look at it that way. They saw what there is-they saw that the jug was half full. There is what to work with over here. They used that cup and that is why we are zocheh to an eight-day Yom Tov. "B'nei binah yemei shemonah," they were b'nei binah, they were chachamim, and because of that we have the eight days of Chanukah.
    The Yom Tov of Chanukah is "l'hodos u'l'hallel," to thank Hashem for all the good that there is. If we look at situations in life negatively and focus on what is missing in life, then we won't come to thank Hashem, because what do we have to thank Him for when "I am missing this and that..."? If we are chachamim and we look at what we have and appreciate it, then we will take this Yom Tov and we will thank Hashem for everything that He gives us and we will be able to use the Yom Tov to it's fullest.
    We say in Haneros Halalu, "Ein lanu reshus l'hishtamesh bahem ela lirosom bilivad-We cannot use the neiros, we may only look at them, kedei l'hodos u'l'hallel." Let our look be the look of the chacham whose "einav b'rosho". He looks at the positive and all the good Hashem gives us. Why? Kedei l'hodos u'l'hallel, we will thank and praise Hashem
    Afreilichin Chanukah 

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