The story of Ted Williams
(the suddenly employed formerly homeless man
- not the great baseball player
) is a great rags-to-riches everyone-deserves-a-second-chance story that is enthralling the country.
וַיִּשְׁלַח פַּרְעֹה וַיִּקְרָא אֶת-יוֹסֵף, וַיְרִיצֻהוּ מִן-הַבּוֹר; וַיְגַלַּח וַיְחַלֵּף שִׂמְלֹתָיו, וַיָּבֹא אֶל-פַּרְעֹה.Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. And he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
The 3 parts of Yosef's Geula apply to Ted Williams too:
- The Geula for Yosef was overnight ("they brought him hastily") The same applied to Ted Williams.
- Yosef made himself look presentable ("And he shaved himself") See the before and after pictures of Ted Williams:
- He prepared for redemption and greatness ("and came in unto Pharaoh") Ted Williams now has offers from MSNBC, ESPN, MTV, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, among others.
I was thinking perhaps that the imperative form of ויבא אל פרעה from Parshat Mikeitz is what Hashem tells Moshe in the beginning of this week's Perasha: בא אל פרעה - prepare yourselves for redemption and greatness.
And as I heard from Rabbi Sitorsky
just today, if you take the בא (gematria of 3) and you add it אל פרעה - to פרעה (gematria of 355), you get 358, the gematria of Mashiah. We need to prepare ourselves for Redemption nowadays as well.
May those who are stuck in captivity (like Jonathan Pollard and Gilad Shalit and others) experience the same fate as Yosef Hatzadik and may we as a Jewish nation experience what we did when we left Egypt.
כימי צאתכם מארץ מצרים אראנו נפלאות - בב"א