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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Vayechi: Rav Elyashiv - Yaakov Didn't Dare To Dream
When Yosef brings his children to Yaakov for a Bracha, Yaakov says, "Lir'os Panecha Lo Filalti, V'Hinei Her'a Elokim Oisi Es Zarecha; I have never dared to think I'd see your face, and behold Hashem has even allowed me to see your offspring."  Rav Elyashiv points out that the correct word would be "Li" which means to me, and not "Oisi" myself.

When Yosef revealed himself to the Shevatim he told them not to be sad.  Maybe they should be scared or happy, but why would they be sad?  Rav Elyashiv explains that from the time that the Shevatim sold Yosef, they had terrible guilt pangs about what may have happened to him.  When they went to Mitzrayim they searched for him among the prostitutes, hoping to rescue their good looking brother and make amends for what they did. When they found him to be the ruler of Mitzrayim, and on elevated spiritual level beyond what they could have imagined anywhere, let alone in the filth and impurity of Mitzrayim, they were at a loss as to how they can make up to him for what they did.  Yosef needed nothing from them.  They were sad for themselves and their lack of opportunity to right their wrong.

Yaakov says to Yosef, "Lir'os Panecha Lo Filalti, V'Hinei Her'a Elokim Oisi; I never thought I'd see you alive again.  Even if you were alive, surely you would be in a terrible spiritual state.  But now I look at you and I see 'Oisi' my 'D'mus Diyukno' a mirror image of myself in all its spiritual glory and splendor.  After all these years of your absence and living in Mitzrayim, this is something I didn't dare to dream."
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