Posted by: mosesfromsinai | November 24, 2013

Meekaitz – The End

On this Shabbos, the 3rd day of Chanukah, the Torah Reading is Meekaitz – The End. Chanuka marks the end, so to speak, of the Greek influence and the regaining of the Temple and the lighting of the Menorah with pure oil. Meekaitz marks the end of Yoseph’s imprisonment and elevation to a high position in Egypt.

The Torah Reading also mentions that Yoseph marries Asnas the daughter of Poti-phera. This is the same person that had Yoseph arrested and imprisoned. Yoseph had been accused of improper conduct by the wife of Poti-phera. This marriage, could only happen if the father Poti-phera agreed. What father would agree to a marriage if he truly believed that his future son-in-law had acted improperly with his wife? Thus not only was Yoseph released from the physical prison, his conduct and innocence was cleared for all to see.

It is also interesting to note that this is the end of Asnas’s exile. She was really the daughter of Dinah, Yakov’s daughter who had been raped. As a result Asnas was not a popular child growing up and was rejected so to speak. Yoseph had recognized who she was and wanted her. Thus we have the union of 2 “outcasts” who would soon be reunited with the House of Israel. They would also supply 2 children that would become equal parts of the House of Israel, Menashe and Ephraim.

We have been, so to speak “outcasts”. We no longer have our Temple and we are still in exile. Let us hope that this Shabbos Chanuka, whick ended many negative events, serves as a catalyst to end our present exile.

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