VORT ON THE PARSHA
ויחי יעקב בארץ מצרים שבע עשרה שנה (ויחי מז: כח)And Yakov lived in Egypt for seventeen years
Before his death, Yakov wanted to reveal to his children when Moshiach would come. He felt they were worthy of the revelation – since between all their names, it doesn’t appear the letters “ח” and “ט” represent the word חטא, which means that his sons didn’t possess any חטא/sins and were worthy of the revelation. However, Yakov then saw that their names were also missing the letters “ק” and “צ” which is קץ/the end – he realized that he couldn’t reveal when the end of galus/exile would be.
מאשר שמנה לחמו והוא יתן מעדני מלך (ויחי מט:כ)
When Yakov blessed his sons, he blessed Asher – “Asher will have bread aplenty, and he will give king’s delicacies.”
We learn from this pasuk that for oneself, little is enough, but when it comes to serving others, it should be מעדני מלך – fit for a king.
מאשר, for himself שמנה לחמה – a simple piece of bread is enough והוא יתן – when it comes to giving to others, מעדני מלך – you give appropriate for a king.Go back to Parshas Vayechei