Dvar Torah Parshat VaYeshev 2012 5773

Yosef was brought down to Egypt as a slave and was bought by Potiphar. Whatever task Yosef performed as a slave was highly successful. When his master saw how diligently Yosef performed his responsibilities he realized he could put him in charge of his entire household.

Yosef found favor in Potiphar’s eyes and: וַיַּפְקִדֵהוּ עַל בֵּיתוֹ וְכָל יֶשׁ לוֹ נָתַן בְּיָדוֹ, “…he appointed him over his household, and whatever he had he placed in his custody.” (Gen. 39,4) We are told in the very next verse that Hashem blessed the Egyptian’s house on Yosef’s account.

This is a phenomenon that repeats itself throughout history. When the Jews are allowed freedom in a country they prosper and help the economy of the country grow. This is true to this very day. We see the economy of countries prosper where Jews are welcome and are offered a free range of activities. Where they are not welcome, this fact is not true.

This is also why individuals and businesses from all over the world are investing in Israel and in its start-up companies. The world does not give credit to Israel’s contribution to the growing technology. Israel also generally does not let it be known that its technology is being used worldwide and that many medical advances of recent years have come from Israel.

In spite of this world attitude Israel continues, with the help of Hashem, to be one of the world’s leading innovators.

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