Parshas Vayigash - Finding The Good In Hard Times

By BJLife/Rabbi Binyamin Zedner

Posted on 12/22/17

In his sefer (Chofetz Chayim al hatorah), the Chofetz Chayim comments that from the time the brothers first came to Egypt to get food and Yosef spoke to them roughly, accusing them of being spies, they were very puzzled about what exactly was happening. In both encounters with Yosef they had many questions about their experiences. But as soon as they heard the words, “I am Yosef” all their questions were answered. The difficulties they had in understanding the underlying meaning of the events they experienced were now completely clarified.

Similarly, at the end of galus when the entire world will hear the words “I am Hashem” all the question and difficulties that people had about the history of the world with all of its suffering will be answered. The entire matter will be clarified and understood. Everyone will see how the hand of the almighty caused everything for our benefit.

When one realizes that the almighty has a plan and a purpose for all the events that occur, it gives meaning to hardships and suffering. When a person sees meaning in suffering, it becomes easier to cope with it. When a person sees meaning in suffering, it becomes easier to cope with. One need not wait until the final redemption to be aware that the almighty has a purpose behind each event. Even if you do not know the exact meaning of a particular event, the knowledge that there is an ultimate meaning will enable you to view the situation in a positive, albeit painful, manner.