The world lost a great man yesterday. Of all the things he said, this quote spoke loudest to me. I don’t think this idea is limited to one’s actual sworn enemies. We often encounter conflict in our lives. It can be something big or something small. The best way to solve conflict is to work together with the opposing party. That’s what this quote means to me.
In Parshas Vayigash, Yosef finally reveals his identity to his brothers. It was quite shocking to them to discover the truth about their brother. While it’s clear that Yosef told his brothers his identity directly, there is a legend that explains how his father Yaakov learned the truth. It is cited, in an odd way, in The Little Midrash Says:
At the amazing Pacific Jewish Center Chanukah party yesterday, I spoke about using stories to keep our Judaism vibrant. After all, the Torah and Talmud are books of law but are replete with stories. Chanukah in particular is only told through stories as it is not mentioned in Tanach and the scant references in the Mishnah don’t inform us of the day’s obligations. Our knowledge of the day comes only thought stories. Even Maimonides, in his Mishneh Torah, which is devoid of storytelling for the most part, tells the story of Chanukah. So I urged everyone to tell Chanukah stories in their homes and add some warmth to the Mitzvahs of the day.