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November 27 Announcements

November 27 Announcements

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Parshat Vayeshev November 27, 2010 20 Kislev, 5771
Yosef's Playing With HisHair Was Not A JuvenileFixation
 The Torah says regardingYosef, "v'hu naar" and “hewas a young lad” [Bereshis37:2]. At the beginning of the parsha, Rashi cites theMedrash on these words.The Medrash says thatYosef acted immaturely,like a young lad. He used tofix his hair and touch up hiseyes so that he would look handsome.Yosef was 17 years old atthe time, and this is notunusual behavior for a 17year old. But, on the otherhand, it is highly unusual tobe told that a person of Yosef's caliber wouldengage in this type of activity. Our Sages say thatYosef was almost like areplica of our patriarch,Yaakov. He is referred to as Yosef the righteous (haTzadik) by virtueof the restraint that he exhibited inthis week's parsha. He did not losehimself to temptation, despite allthe years that he was separated fromhis family. Yosef had a sterlingcharacter and every single actionthat he took was for the sake of Heaven. How could we attribute tohim -- even at the age of 17 --behavior like preening himself tolook handsome?Even if we were inclined to writeoff Yosef's practice of preeninghimself as the foolish behavior of ateenager, behavior that he wouldsoon outgrow, we would still have aproblem. The Torah later in theParsha [Bereshis 39:6] says, "AndYosef was beautiful of form andbeautiful of appearance" (yefei toarv'yefei mar-eh). There too, theMedrash Tanchuma comments thatonce Yosef saw that he was in aposition of command (in Potiphar'shouse) he began to eat and drink 
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like a monarch and began tofix his hair. G-d commented,"Your father is in mourningover you, and you are playingwith your hair!"Yosef was already a grownadult. What is this fixationwith his hair that the Medrashagain accuses him of? This isthe righteous Yosef. What isreally happening here?Rav Schwab (in his sefer)provides a very interestinginsight. The Torah calls Yosef a 'naar' [young lad]. TheTorah uses this term in lastweek's parsha (VaYishlach)in reference to Shechem, sonof Chamor. "And the 'naar'did not delay to carry out thematter (of circumcision)because he desired Yaakov'sdaughter." At this point intime Shechem son of Chamorwas not a young lad. He wasin fact one of the most
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prestigious people in the city. So why does the pasuk refer to himas a 'naar'?This teaches us that the definition of a 'naar' has nothing to do withone's age. Rather, 'naar' is symbolic of the impetuousness of youth.When people become older, they learn to take life slower and moredeliberately. They do not rush into decisions. Often, a young persondoes not merely need to have something 'Now'. He must have it'yesterday'. As we grow older, we learn that we need to think thingsover and wait things out. We cannot always grab and take thingsreflexively.Shechem may have been an older person. He may have been arespected individual, but he still acted like a 'naar' because herushed into the agreement proposed by Shimeon and Levi withoutthinking it through. That is the definition of a 'naar'.Our Sages say that Yosef was the King of his brothers. Yosef foresaw this in his dreams. He envisioned that they would bowdown to him and that he would be the King. One of the laws of monarchy is that the King has to be physically prominent. "A Kingin his glory your eyes shall behold..."[Isaiah 33:17]. The Talmudstates [Sanhedrin 22b] that a King must groom his hair daily. Herepresents the people and he must have the type of handsomeappearance that people can respect.When our Sages say that Yosef acted as a 'naar,' they mean that hismistake was that he already saw himself as being the monarch atage 17. It was not an adolescent fixation with hair. The problemwas that he saw himself as the ruler of his brothers before theproper time for that relationship to develop. This, too, is themeaning of the Medrash later in the parsha. When Yosef saw
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himself in a position of leadership in Potiphar's house, heagain went back to fixing his hair. Why? Again, Yosef thought that this was the time to act like the King, which heknew he was destined to become. Again, he was premature.This premature behavior, rather than any juvenile concernwith his hair, was the "maseh na-arus" ('immature' actions)that the Medrash attributes to Yosef.
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