3 Then Joseph said to his brothers, 'I am Joseph; does my father still live''
But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. 4
And Joseph said to his brothers, 'Please come near to me.' So they came near.
Then he said: 'I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 But now, do
not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for
God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years the famine has
been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither
plowing nor harvesting. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for
you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So now it was
not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and
lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in
order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now
therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.' And
he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
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Why The State of Israel Should be Supported!
Rabbi Kook said:
There was a mixing-in by which a portion
of the Israelites became assimilated amongst the peoples and swallowed up by
them. ...Due to the clarity and strong surge of Israelite life-force the spirit
of the Gentiles has been affected. Consequently they have progressively been
becoming more and more suited to receive the appearances of Divine Light, of
clear revelation and mental lucidity. ... An inner push caused by a renewed
[Israelite] spiritual approach would cause all peoples to move forward.
This is a consequence resulting from the hidden ability of those who in ancient
times assimilated. [Their descendants] will be yearning and striving to declare
the name of Israel on their inheritance. This will be a goal they will feel a
need to achieve. ##
Source: Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook, Shemoneh Kevatsim, Kovets 8;205