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Vayigash 5766

Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27 )

by Kalman Packouz

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GOOD MORNING!   I have a wireless mouse for my computer. Recently I went to the manufacturer's website to see if I had the most up-to-date driver for the mouse. Periodically, the manufacturer creates new drivers which allow the mouse to perform better or to perform more functions. Sure enough, there was a new version of the driver! By downloading it not only do I move up in life from driver 1.2 to driver 1.4, but my mouse can now be programmed to magnify a portion of the screen. (Whoop-de-do!)

Wouldn't it be interesting if we could upgrade the "software" in our brains so that we could perform better or more functions? The truth is that we CAN upgrade our brains. If we can change the message we tell ourselves, we can change our lives - be happier, more accomplishing, more confident. As someone once said, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't -you're right!

We all go around with a little tape playing in our mind. It might be repeating over and over again, "I'm no good. My parents don't approve of me. I'll never amount to anything. And I am ugly!" We have the power to change that tape to play, "I am a valuable, capable human being. I am able to accomplish what I set out to do."

Self-image is not something that one needs years to build up or repair. It can be gained with a moment's insight. Think about it: If God created the world and mankind, then what better imprimatur for your existence? In the 60's there was a poster which had a picture of a child and a caption, "God doesn't make junk."

Self-image is not only important for how you treat yourself, it is important for how you treat others. When the Torah writes, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" it would be fair to say, "If you don't love yourself, then please, don't love me!"

How can one upgrade his mind? Recently, Rabbi Zelig Pliskin came out with a 4 CD set entitled, "80 UPGRADES FOR YOUR MIND." This set will give you access to greater joy, calm, self-confidence and courage. Stress and distress will melt away. It will help you upgrade your self-image, increase self-mastery, accomplish your goals and fulfill great dreams. These 3 to 5 minute sessions can transform your thoughts about your past, present, and future. As you listen to these upgrades, you will find yourself applying more inner strengths in more situations. You will make wiser use of your time, and better choices of thoughts, words and actions. Rabbi Pliskin guides and teaches the listener on how to integrate these upgrades into his or her consciousness.

Here are a few upgrades that can be integrated in one's self-consciousness from Upgrade 68 on Self-Image:

•   You have tremendous worth and value.
•   View yourself as a great and wonderful person.
•   You are a child of the Creator and have a Divine Soul.
•   When you see yourself as a great person, you speak and act in greater ways.
•   Even if you've made mistakes and have faults, you still have infinite
•   Decide to think, speak, and act the way you would if you just now chose to have a tremendously powerful sense of confidence. Practice speaking this way when you speak into a mirror.

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Torah Portion of the Week

We left off last week with Joseph's pronouncement that he was keeping Benjamin as a slave for stealing his wine cup. Judah steps forward to challenge the decision and offers himself as a slave instead of Benjamin. Joseph is overcome with emotion, clears the room of all Egyptians and then reveals his identity to his unsuspecting brothers.

The brothers are shocked! They suspect Joseph's intentions, but accept his offer to bring the extended family to Egypt. Jacob is initially numb and disbelieving of the news, but becomes very excited to see his son.

During the famine, Joseph buys up all of the property and people in Egypt for Pharaoh with the grain stored during the seven good years. The Torah recounts the 70 souls of the Jewish people who went down to Egypt. Jacob reunites with Joseph, meets Pharaoh and settles with the family in the Goshen district.

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Dvar Torah
based on based on Growth Through Torah by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

When the brothers realize that Pharaoh's right hand man is none other than their brother Joseph whom they sold into slavery, they are overcome with remorse for their actions. Joseph tries to lessen their feeling of guilt and says to them:

" ... it was not you who sent me here, but the Almighty. And He made me a vizier to Pharaoh and a master over all of his house and ruler over the land of Egypt."

What can we learn from Joseph's action?

When a person is wronged, there is a tendency not to fully accept the apology of the offender in order to keep him guilty forever. This gives the wronged person a feeling of being "one-up" and the other person "one-down."

Joseph wanted to do an act of kindness so that they should not feel guilty. He even expressed gratitude for the good he gained from their selling him.

If someone asks you for forgiveness, be sensitive to his feeling of guilt and regret. Make it your goal to save the person from emotional stress and suffering. Ask yourself, "What can I do or say now to make this person feel better?" You will be a bigger person for your effort and have fulfilled the mitzvah of Emulating the Almighty. You will gain more respect from the other person and your peers. And remember, the way you treat others is the way that the Almighty will treat you.

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