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Section: Galus & Geula   Category: Moshiach
Parshas Vayigash: Rav Shimshon Pincus - When Yosef & Binyomin Were Finally Reunited
"Vayipol Al Tzavrei Binyomin VaYeivch UBinyomin Bacha Al Tzavarav" (Vayigash 45:14).  Rashi tells us that when Yosef and Binyomin met after all the years of them longing to see each other, they cried about the Mishkan that stood in Yosef's territory and the two Bais HaMikdash that stood in Binyomin's territory that were destroyed.  Twenty two long years of separation and a lot to catch up about, this is what they did?

Rav Shimshon Pincus says that this is a non-question.  The Bais HaMikdash was about Hashroas HaShechina, our connection with Hashem.  Asking this question is in essence asking how did Hashem make His way into their conversation!  Is there another topic of conversation to our Holy ancestors, asks Rav Shimshon?

Their reunion was a celebration of the unity of Klal Yisroel a key element to Hashroas HaShechina.  It was in this that they rejoiced upon seeing each other.  Their joy and celebration was marred by the vision of the ultimate destruction of these great places and the exile of the Shechina.

Similarly says Rav Shimshon, when Yaakov met Rochel at the well for the first time they kissed and then cried.  Rashi says he cried that she would not be buried with him.  Again the same non-question is raised, why now?  Yaakov represents HaKadosh Boruch Hu and Rochel the Shechina.  Our goal in life is to reunite the two.  Their meeting was a historic union.  In Yaakov's joy and excitement he saw that Rochel would not be buried with him.  Their union in this world would not last forever and would end in separation.  For this Yaakov cried.

We cannot judge the Avos HaKedoshim with our shallow minds.  We cannot comprehend their thoughts and emotions.  What we do know is that first and foremost on the list was hashroas HaShechina and that meant a vibrant Bais HaMikdash that we should all be zocheh to witness bimheira biyameinu, amein!
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