“He send Yehudah ahead of him to Yosef, to prepare Goshen in advance.” (Bereshis 46:28)
Yaakov sent Yehudah to Egypt to establish a place of Torah study and education in Goshen before the rest of the family arrived. Why was it necessary for this institution of learning to be established by Yehudah, rather than by Yosef, who was already living in Egypt, and who certainly had both the means and the conviction to do so? Yosef had even proven himself to be on a higher spritiual level than Yaakov’s other sons, considering his preoccupation with the governance of Egypt diminished neither his spiritual sensitivity nor his devotion to G-d. So why did Yaakov insist on sending Yehudah to establish the school, instead of Yosef?
Despite Yosef’s spiritual greatness, excellence in Torah study requires something that he simply did not have – time and freedom to devote himself exclusively to Torah study, with no other care in the world. Granted, this does not reflect negatively on Yosef, who flawlessly fulfilled his G-dly mission that demanded wholly engrossing himself in Egypt’s national interests; but the quality of his Torah study, in and of itself, could not be on par with that of his brothers, who were shepherds by trade, and for the most part entirely removed from the pressures of the world.
Yaakov therefore appointed Yehudah to establish the centre of Torah study in Goshen. This academy would be the foundation of Yaakov’s family’s residence in Egypt, and the spiritual power plant for the entire world, so it was crucial that the students devote their minds to Torah alone, without worrying about the. outside world. It was Yehudah alone, not Yosef, who was capable of founding such a school.
-An excerpt from a talk by the Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos, vol. 3, pp. 827-830)
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Mazel Tovs & Yartzeits
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A special thank you to Gilad Raisun, Alon Brokensha, and Lisa Brokensha for their endless dedication to our community.
Chanukah Car Parade
Mums & Bubs Chanukah Party
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Menorahs & Martinis RCS women’s evening
8th Day Chanukah Extravaganza
Wishing you a Good Shabbos,
Rabbi Mendel & Esther Hecht