29 Kislev 5780
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
Erev Rosh Chodesh Tevet
5th Candle of Chanukah
This week's parashah, Mikeitz, is so named for the beginning of the first sentence - וַיְהִ֕י מִקֵּ֖ץ - which is translated "at the end," as in, at the end of an additional two years in prison, the time had come to free Yosef to fulfill his destiny.
No ending is ever truly The End. Every ending is just a gateway to a new beginning. As it was with Yosef HaTzadik, so it was with the Chashmonayim as well as many other examples in our history. And so it is with us. Just when it looks the darkest, that's when the light will shine forth
We are clearly standing at the ultimate end which will bring us to the ultimate new beginning - the complete Redemption. And like his father before him, it is Ben Yosef who will pave the way.
~ Shabbat Shalom, Chodesh Tov and Chanukah Sameach ~