The Custom of Not Learning on the Night of th 24th
The Hidden Light and the Dream of the Minister of Bakers (שׂר האופח)
Many have a custom on this night not to learn.As I've ehard the custom is absed on the fear that one's Torah will go to those 'outside' forces - the'Klippos' who will sully the purity of the learning of Torah , which keeps the world going.I never had accepted (or received ) the custom, but somehow , we can't ignore it either.
And buttresed by the glowing lights of the 3rd candle of Chanuka and their glowing brightly in our times openly in places in past years citadels of atheism and nazis y's, I was thinking it appropriate to write the musings I had last Shabbas, parshas V'Yeshev,of how the judgement of the Saar h'ofeh reflects so much the judgement we hear was meted out to 'that' individual.But at that time, I didn't see clearly the connection with our parshios and with Chanuka.
*(This is not poshut p'shat, but nothing happens for no reason , certainly not in our holy Torah, so I thinkl the ramazim- hints I write,are close enough to simplicity, that I am allowed to share, b'ezer haShem)
Joseph became friendly and helpful (as was his nature , the Netziv explains) with the two ministers thrown into jail with him.So when he saw they were troubled with their dreams, he offered to intrepret.So, he understood that the interpretations had something to do with him ,too.
The interpretation to the Minister of Drinks was wonderful, that for the Minister of Bakery was dreadful.Actually if we read it more carefully,it reads like that meted very closely out to 'that person'.
Rashi writes in the name of the medrash, us that the light of Creation was 'Good' and haShem knew that it was not good for sinners to use it , so he seperated it for tzaddikim to come The simple explanation is that it is not good for the light to serve mixedup with darkness, so he seperated the light into day and night.
Adom haRishon was created to be a tzaddik, carrying within him that inner pure light of Elokus.But the 'Original sin' caused the external evil inclination (as we know the serpent to represent/be) to become internal-- mixed up in all his actions.
Yosef, the ben zekunim of the last patriarch, Yisrael, carried within that original 'inner light.' In the passuk where he refuses temptation, there is a 'shalsheles on the word וימאן - he refused; ie the shalsheles - the Everlasting chain going back to his holy patriarchs which reestablished the original stature of Adom haRishon, will not be broken.And so it is followed with a 'psik',for no reason, just run away.
Yeshaya haNavi calls the Jewish people, His wineyard.Wine יין - gematria Sod (secret) סוד 70. The 'Inner light' is revealed to soemone who focuses on that purpose of Creation and carries with him through life fear of the Ribono shel Olam,the Awesome, hallowed Creator.
Yosef told eshes Potifar that he was given by Potifar all except the bread he ate , meaning (Rashi) his wife.
The saar ha'ofeh (of bread) should have seen the stone which had fallen into the batch whereas the saar hamashke was not at fault for not seeing the fly fall into the cup of wine.
The story we have of 'that individual' is that he was with his Rebbe (and undoubtedly speaking in learning) when he noticed a good looking girl, and mentioned that. to the rebbe (an enormous insult, besides being openly into tumah).
That was when his rebbe 'sent him away.'The third time he tried to do teshuva, the rebbe was ready to accept him back, but his eyes were closed saying kryas shema.
In the intepretation of the dream of the saar hofeh,his head will fall off far, but the birds will eat from his body hanging high, so that Pharoa will have pleasure seeing the body being devoured, the bodily desires which can turn a human into a beast.
The Chazal say that Yosef almost fell, but he "saw" his father in a dream.Yosef's holding fast to kedushas Yisrael was the foundation for his own liberation and incredible rise and likewise, that was what has kept our people alive through all the many , harsh tribulations of golus.
In the first bayis we had the plague of avoda zara,The jews brough back from Bavel foreign wives but were strong enough to give them up.But in the second bayis, we have the 'misyavnim', who loved the Greeks for their wisdom, as we are lovers of wisdom.Those were the ones we had to fight the most.They took the torah they knew and defiled it , not willing to admit and understand that the inner lights of understanding of the Holy Torah are given only to those who sacrifice themselves to live with 'Elokus' down here on earth as a Holy People and a Kingdom of Priests (as given on Sinai).The Greeks had enormous jealousy for our torah Elokus, and did everything to stamp it out.In fact our chazal tell us that "choshech al pnei tahom " on the first day of Creation, refers to the Greeks who darkened our eyes with fasting from their attacks on our holy Torah.
And it was that licentscious jew's chutzpa, who went after his eyes which led to the defamy that we had sinned and lost our destiny as the chosen People, chosen to be a "light unto the Nation," the 'new testament',and all the hate that spawned as the chazal said, the Nations are destied to say , "we are Israel."
That was why the mishna, the oral law could not be written down .It lives even today,only in the hearts and living souls of those who treasure its teachings and labour to know and live those teachings (My Rebbe, the baal Pachd Yitchok, ztzl , explains how it was finally writen in such manner that we still have to come on tothe living elucidation).
We don't want that 'inner light of Creation' be given to those not able to live with them, and one night in the year, we are cautious .But for 8 nights of Chanuka those lights, connecting us with the pure lights of theTemple keep shining brighter and brighter, chasing away the darkness more and more.
And the difficulties that the present government of Isreal has in governing , we beleive (and is clear to all) the same emergence of the pure light of Torah which does not accept a 'National Home " for Jews which does not accept and prioritize the Holy Torah as our guide and true Constitution.
A freilich Chanuka!