Six Words That Changed the World

Friday, 4 December, 2015 - 3:03 pm

Six words that changed the world.

No, I’m not referring to “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”

I am referring to "Why are your faces sad today?"

Those six words changed history.

In this weeks Parsha, Yosef , a slave and prisoner in an Egyptian jail reaches out to two new prisoners. “And Joseph came to them in the morning, and he saw them and behold, they were depressed. And he asked Pharaoh's chamberlains who were with him in the prison of his master's house, saying, "Why are your faces sad today?"

As a result of this small gesture, of asking two non-Jewish inmates why they felt dejected, they shared their dreams with him, which he interpreted successfully. Years later when Pharaoh dreamt his own mysterious dreams, Joseph was summoned to explain them and he was appointed viceroy of Egypt which enabled him to save the world from a devastating famine. The interest he showed in the mood of his fellow inmates in prison is what allowed him one day to save civilization!

Six words of kindness and concern. That’s all it takes to change the course of history!

In today’s dark and confusing world, rather than feel helpless, simply sighing and shrugging our shoulders, we must believe that even our simple gestures of kindness can and will have an impact. 

Shabbat Shalom 

Rabbi Benjy Silverman

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