Israel Forever

For the week ending 27 November 2010 / 19 Kislev 5771

In G-d, Trust We Must

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

"Fortunate is the man who places his trust in G-d and does not turn to the proud liars." (Tehillim 40:5)

Our Sages in the Midrash apply this passage to Yosef as a criticism of his seeking the help of an Egyptian in gaining his freedom from prison. They point out that because of this misplaced trust Heaven punished him with an extra two years of confinement.

This lesson at the conclusion of this week's Torah portion serves as a reminder to us in our own times that we cannot reply on the good will of the nations. Just as that Chamberlain of the Cupbearers failed to repay Yosef for his lifesaving interpretation of his prophetic dream, so too have our people been betrayed by all the lands they enriched with their presence.

The current worldwide effort to delegitimize the State of Israel is yet another reminder that only by placing our trust in G-d will we secure Israel forever.

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