building bridges

The Noam Elimelech (parashath מקץ) explains that when a Tzaddik wants to bring down livelihood, health, or any other blessing upon someone, he must attach his soul to theirs.

Yosef HaTzadik didn't want to attach to such an evil soul as Pharoah's soul, so rather than interpreting Pharoah's dream himself, he preferred that it was interpreted straight from Heaven.

What can you and I take away from this? That the more we feel a common bond with someone, the more effective our prayers for them will be. If you pray on behalf of someone, first bring them into your heart and awaken deep feelings towards them, then pray for them from this place.


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