Parshas Miketz -Pharoh’s Dream and Its Message to Us

In Paroh’s dream, he saw a group  of some contented, fat cows who end up joined at their grazing land by some skinny cows.  The verse tells us that the cows stood next to each other — fat and skinny just there.  Upon seeing the skinny intruders, the fat cows became wary, stopping their munching and staring uneasily. The skinny cows, however, just stood there, not doing anything, so the fat cows went back to grazing. As soon as the fat cows got used to the skinny ones being there, the skinny cows opened their big mouths and completely swallowed up the fat cows. Chick-Chock, all gone, faster than you can say “MOO”.

The Yetzer Hara uses the cow tactic, too. First the thought of doing wrong comes there and stands in our mind for some time, like a guest. We don’t act upon it. As a matter of fact, we would be horrified to carry out some thoughts. We stand in a place watching people do wrong things, thinking we would never do it. Yet, if we stand there long enough, or if we let a thought be in our mind long enough, the second we aren’t wary, “Gulp” — we’re swallowed by our desires, doing the things we would never, ever, have dreamed of doing. If you’re embarrassed by a thought or by watching your friends do something wrong, the shame is a warning bell. Don’t be a fat cow and ignore the warning signs. Charge at it. Get the bad thought out of your head. Get yourself away from a place where Aveiros [sins] are being committed. Get yourself on the attack…or risk being swallowed by temptation.


And that goes for not playing violent games, not watching violent shows, etc.  Do you think those two moronic evil guys who beat up a homeless man for a youtube clip were born evil?  Or those crazy folks who think they are strong when knocking down folks?  Nope — they were allowed to be exposed to evil desires, until that evil enveloped them and became them.  Do your children a favor and don’t park them in front of the TV.


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