Yosef & Yehuda by Michael Winner/12/9/2021 A few weeks ago I had a small surgery on my foot. Nothing major. However, it got infected and one of my toes decided to turn red and grow in size. I went to my family doctor who gave me some antibiotics. However, they didn't help. So, I went back. He told me that I really need to speak to the surgeon who did the work, since he knows better what to do. The good news is, the surgeon will be in in another hour. The bad news is, he's always packed with appointments.Okay, so I return 45 minutes later to try to catch the surgeon before his first appointment. While I'm there, I see the doctor coming into the hall every once in a while. When the surgeon arrived, my doctor came out, grabbed my arm, and spoke to the surgeon for me. After the surgeon agreed to see me, my doctor went back to his office. Three hours later, I receive a call from the doctor, who's clearly driving home. He wants to know how it went and what I was given.It's amazing the power of a small phone call. It was a two-minute call that I was not expecting from him. But, in the end, it put me in a good mood. Somebody cares!A very important lesson to learn.The parsha is the second of a "two-part" episode. "On last week's episode" we left off with the climactic meeting between Yosef and his brothers. Yosef passed judgement on his brother Binyamin, ordering him to stay while sending the others back to their father.This week, we see what their reaction is going to be.Immediately, Yehuda steps forward and confronts Yosef, begging, and according to many, threatening, Yosef to release Binyamin. It's a confrontation between two powerhouses, two kings, if you will. Yosef, "king" of Egypt, and Yehuda, whose kingship will come to his children.This will continue throughout history. We see shortly after Shlomo HaMelech's reign that there will be a split in the Jewish nation. Ten tribes following a new king coming from Yosef, and two tribes remaining with the king of Yehuda. This split will last for centuries.We also know, when things will finally "come to a close," there will first be Moshiach of Yosef, followed by Moshiach of Dovid (who is from Yehuda).Rav Shimshon Pinchus explains that Yosef and Yehuda represent two types of service to Hashem.Yosef went through trials and tribulations, from his being sold into slavery, brought down to Egypt, forced to live without friends or support, being seduced by the wife of Potifar, being thrown into prison, dealing with Pharoah, etc. He is commonly called "Yosef HaTzaddik," because he passed every test that was thrown his way.When Yehuda came down to Egypt, he did not have any of these tests. In fact, the Torah puts the light only on Yehuda once, when he and his family finally moved to Egypt. That was when Yaakov sent Yehuda to Egypt before the rest of the family, in order to set up a yeshiva (according to the Midrash).If Yosef represents the tzaddik who has to pass tests coming from outside agitators, Yehuda represents the "simple Jew," whose job it is to build himself internally with Torah. Yosef deals with the yetzer horah coming from the "outside world," while Yehuda deals with the yetzer horah coming from "the inside." Yosef deals with a yetzer horah trying to pull him away, and Yehuda is dealing with a yetzer horah that is pushing him away. Both are important paths to greatness and both are used by all Jews during different times in their lives. And perhaps that is why, in the "end of days," there will be two moshiachs working toward the same goal. Moshiach of Yosef's job will be to rid the world of evil, and Moshiach of Dovid is to finally bring inner peace to the Jewish people.With that, I wish you all a wonderful Shabbos!