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A child cannot learn something without running out and screaming it to others.

And so it should be with all those who have knowledge.

2 Iyar, 5736, sicha 2.

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What is it that the child has to teach?

The child naively believes that everything should be fair and everyone should be honest, that only good should prevail, that everybody should have what they want and there should be no pain or sadness.

The child believes the world should be perfect and is outraged to discover it is not.

And the child is right.

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Here are no one-way streets in our world. There is no one who gives without receiving, and there is no one who receives without providing something back in return.

So it is with the child. Just as the adult gives the child the knowledge and wisdom of life, so the child provides the adult the keys to living it fully. Beshalach 5714, sicha 8.

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G-d gave Joseph the insight that we Jews would be in exile for a long time so Joseph wanted to ensure that our love for G-d would overcome the attraction of the worldliness that Egypt offered us.

This is my goal to love G-d with all my heart, mind, body and soul and not love seven-layer cake more. How is this done? Love my wife and my family, love  my fellow Jews and Christians alike and loving my follow man this is how I demonstrate my love for G-d.

The order is simple yet hard. G-d first. Wife second. Temple-Church third and job fourth is the order of my life.

After the meal, Joseph sent the brothers off. Unbeknown to them, however, Joseph had instructed his servant to hide his silver goblet in Benjamin’s pack. Joseph sent his servant to pursue his brothers and the goblet was discovered. By framing Benjamin, Joseph was creating a situation where his brothers could atone for having sold him. When the brothers would put their own lives at risk to save Benjamin, it would be as if they were doing so to save Joseph; thus, they would “undo” their crime against Joseph by doing the exact opposite. The brothers returned to Joseph, who informed them that they were all free to return home except for Benjamin.

[Joseph said,] “Put my goblet – the silver goblet – at the top of the pack of [Benjamin], the youngest one.” Genesis 44:2

Joseph knew that the Jewish people would be in exile for a long time, and that not all of them would possess the same level of Divine consciousness that enabled him to thrive in Egypt. Joseph therefore sought a way of protecting them from Egyptian depravity, ensuring that they would eventually leave Egypt and receive the Torah. Joseph realized that what they needed was a love for G‑d powerful enough to overcome the materialism of Egypt. Joseph’s silver goblet alludes to this love, for the word for “silver” (kesef) is related to the word for “yearning” (kisuf). Joseph further knew that not-yet-fully-righteous people cannot spark such a love by themselves, so he implanted this love in them by “implanting” it within Benjamin.1 Likutei Torah 3:90bc; Ma’amarei Admur HaEmtzai, Bereishit, pp. 291 ff; Or HaTorah, Bereishit, vol. 2, 341a ff; ibid., vol. 6, 1103b ff.

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The wise person begins each day as a small child. Every cell of his being is dedicated to learning wisdom, and so from every person he finds some wisdom to learn.

Each day, he rises to great heights of wisdom. And yet, the next morning, he begins all over again, as a small child, in wonder.

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The first thing needed to fix this world is that Jews should love each other and be united.

And this can begin even without a planning committee and without funding.

It can begin with you. From a letter

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Think about his for a minute. The Rebbe writes: “Hospitality requires that hosts try their best to care for all their guests’ needs. Even if they are not sure that the guests will partake of what is prepared for them, the hosts should nevertheless provide abundantly for them.

Similarly, although living frugally is a value found in the Torah, it is one we should impose on ourselves, not on others. When we think about providing for a poor family, for example, we should not provide them with only their bare necessities, but with enough to allow them to live according to a dignified standard of living.1” Sichot Kodesh 5728, vol. 1, p. 322

This is taken from Along with speaking harshly to his brothers, Joseph also occasionally treated them kindly, in order to gradually prepare them for when he would reveal his identity to them. Thus, when they all returned, with Benjamin, he prepared a fine meal for them.

[Joseph] said to the overseer of his household, “Have animals slaughtered and prepared, for these men will dine with me.” Genesis 43:15

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