Vayigash: Rebuke and Hashem’s Yardstick

The famous pasuk of Vayigash: I am Yosef, is my father still alive and the brothers could not answer him.

The Midrash states (Don’t be so impressed, the Shikkerdovid reads it in English) that there ability to answer is because this statement of Yosef is a rebuke. One is rebuked based upon ones level. For example, the Midrash says, Bilaam was rebuked by his donkey. The brothers are on a high level so they are rebuked by Yoself. The Midrash concludes that one is rebuked according to his own level.

The Shikkerdovid would like to weigh in on this. THe Shikkerdovid always says that everyone has their own yardstick with Hashem. Everyone has their own spiritual destiny which means everyone has their own relationship and expectation with their Hashem. This is carried into the world rebuke. Clearly Hashem does not think too highly of Bilaam if he is rebuked by his donkey. The take away is that there is one torah, one law, one god. However, each person’s capacity or ability is known Hashem alone. Don’t judge.

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3 Responses to Vayigash: Rebuke and Hashem’s Yardstick

  1. Nice thought — I don’t want to say who you are quoting at the very end (but you can check perek 7 pasuk 1 of the Book of Matthew).

  2. Anonymous says:

    Why does reading it in English making it any less impressive??

  3. Jonathan Field says:

    The Shikker Dovid sums it up quite succinctly: only Hashem has the yardstick to measure us. Don’t judge, indeed.

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