VOLUME 18 NUMBER 15 JANUARY 3, 2020 6 TEVET 5780
UPCOMING Parshat Vayigash By: Rabbi Landsman
There is a Medrash on the pasuk in which Yosef breaks down and reveals his true
Candle Lighting: 4:21 identity to his brothers. The Torah relates that the brothers were so petrified by Yosef’s
Havdallah: 5:26 ‘admonishment’ that they were left stunned and speechless. The Midrash comments, “Woe to
Sunday, January 5 us on the day of judgment; woe to us on the day of chastisement.” This draws a parallel
Siddur Presentations between the reaction of the brothers before Yosef and what we will experience, after 120
years, before Hashem on the ultimate day of judgment. When we will give an accounting of
(1-200, 1-201) our life on this earth, we will be left speechless in the face of G-d’s admonishment. The
Tuesday, January 7 Midrash continues stating that just as the brothers could not answer their younger brother
Asara B’Tevet Yosef, certainly we will not be able to answer the admonishment of Hashem, the Almighty.
The Mfarshim are bothered by this discussion of Yosef’s admonishment of his
Dismissal N-8, 1:30pm brother. A cursory glance at the pasuk (“I am Yosef, your brother, is my father still alive?”)
does not seem to indicate a very harsh admonishment. In fact, Yosef’s confession of his
Wendesday-Thursday identity does not appear to constitute “admonishment” at all. Where is the chastisement upon
January 8-9 which the Midrash makes its connection?
Overnight Greenkill Rav Pam offers an interesting insight regarding this question. Rav Pam says that the
Trip Grade 5 chastisement can be found in the words “I am Yosef.” When the brothers heard those words
they were taken aback in disbelief that the man before them was Yosef, the brother they sold
Sunday, January 12 into slavery so many years before.
When they realized that this was Yosef they discovered that they had completely
(1-202, 1-203) misunderstood Yosef, judging him merely as a dreamer with delusions of grandeur. In reality
Yosef was far more than the brothers could have imagined - he was a prophet. Rav Pam
Thursday, January 16- explains that this reaction, the realization of a critical error in judgment, is the greatest
Sunday, January 26 chastisement of all.
During the course of our lives we are always judging people. We might think
Winter Vacation negatively or positively about a particular person, however the Talmud (Pesachim 50a)
No Sessions describes the World of Truth as “An upside down world” -- when we go to the World of
Truth we will learn the true identity and nature of people. This will be the most severe
chastisement, as we will see the people who we mistook for evil may be elevated to a higher
YCQ Family News stature than ourselves in Gan Eden. We will finally recognize that all the energy spent on
Mazel Tov to Debra evaluating others could have been channeled to the betterment of our individual selves.
Gross (6G2) on her Shabbat Shalom!
Mazel Tov to Ariel
Elazar (7B1) on his
Mazel Tov to Gabriel
(8B2) and Nathaniel
(8B2) Khaimov on
their Bnei Mitzvah!
Mazel Tov to Morah
Yaffi Salek (3-209)
on the engagement
of her daughter!
Fourth Grade Ivrit Enrichment Play
This year our fourth grade Ivrit enrichment class has gotten off to an amazing start. Our
enrichment students meet everyday during our Ivrit slot and engage in the iTaLam
curriculum in addition to challenging
texts and articles all in Ivrit. With the
help of their enrichment teacher
Morah Idit Cohen , they decided to
put on a play for Chankah called
“Giveret Keresh Vemarmaroch.” The
students performed in front of
various classes in grades 1-3. The
students loved the play and were
very much inspired to see the level of
Ivrit spoken in our school.
Kol Hakavod to Morah Idit’s
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