Law and Order

Law and Order

Soon enough, all 11 brothers were facing the ruler once again. With tears in their eyes, they humbly fell to the ground, hoping that the great viceroy would take pity on them.

“Do you people think that by stealing my magic goblet I will lose my powers?!” exclaimed Yosef. “Not at all! I am smarter than you think I am, and I order the robber to become my slave!”

Yehudah stepped forward, “What shall we say, master? We are truly innocent, but this is no doubt the work of HaShem. We are being punished for sins we committed years ago. Now take us as slaves together with our younger brother in whose hand you found the cup.”

“Out of the question!” responded Yosef. “Now, you!” Yosef pointed to Binyamin. “You stole from me, so you will stay here as my slave. The rest of you…go in peace back to your father!”

The brothers were totally crushed. How would they ever explain the loss of Rachel’s only remaining son (or so they thought!) to their dear father, Yaakov?

Shazak insight

A Puzzle Solved

In many editions of the Torah, at the end of each Parsha you can find a record of the number of Pesukim (verses) in that Parsha. Parshas Mikeits is the only Parsha where the number of words – 2,025 – is listed alongside the number of Pesukim.

What is the reason for this?

Parshas Mikeits is almost always read on the Shabbos of Chanukah. The symbol of Chanukah is the flame, called “Ner” (נר) in Hebrew, which equals 250. Multiply 250 by the 8 days of Chanukah and you get 2,000.

So that answers the question… almost. What about the remaining 25 in 2,025?

Well, think about the day Chanukah begins – the 25th of Kisleiv. There you have it – 2,000 plus 25 equals 2,025 – the exact number of words in Parshas Mikeits!

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