The portion Miketz begins with the word vayehi, which represents something negative, but this portion is talking about a positive occurrence, which is Joseph coming out of jail. So, what is negative about it? The Ari, Rav Isaac Luria, explains that Pharaoh represents the Negative Side, and in this week’s portion he receives a level of prophecy. Prophecy is an elevated level of connection to the Light of the Creator, and as we know, Pharaoh represents the Negative Side… so, how could Pharaoh merit prophecy?
To answer this we have to begin with an understanding that Rav Berg would talk about all the time. In Hebrew, the word averah is mistakenly translated as “sin” or “transgression.” However, averah comes from the word “to give over,” as in he or she “gives over” his Light to the Negative Side; every time we act in a negative way we are giving our Light over to the Negative Side. Every... read more