The Torah is not a mere book of history and stories. It's the template of creation and of timeless truth. Joseph, the symbol of the true tzaddik and of uncompromising personal holiness, represents the true tzaddikim of every generation. People look at the world's leaders, but in truth, it's the true tzaddik who rules - present tense.
So many tainted world leaders, like the ancient Pharaohs of Egypt, have difficulty in controlling their bodily urges. Therefore, they certainly cannot control an entire nation. On the other hand, Joseph was capable of ruling over himself as well as ruling over all of nature, since the true tzaddik has the power - according to the Zohar - to rule over all of nature. Many are the stories throughout the written and oral Torah where the true tzaddikim were capable of overriding nature and natural law. Joshua made the sun stand still. Elijah the Prophet revived the dead. Rebbe Eliezer made a tree hop backwards. The Chofetz Chaim commanded an evil spirit to leave a person's body. Read much more in my feature article Rule of the True Tzaddik, which elaborates on this week's Torah portion, Miketz, in the latest issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Also featured this week:
Rav Shalom Arush - The Only Solution
Dr. Zev Ballen - It's Never Too Late
Rabbi Dovid Charlop - Darkness of Enlightenment
Racheli Reckles - Settling for Love
Yardena Slater - Get Healthy, Be Happy
Jennifer Woodward - Baby Bug
Rivka Levy - Esther
Happy Chanukah and a wonderful new week!