In this week’s parsha, when the Torah describes the brothers removing their sacks to prove that the gavia wasn’t inside, the wording used is
וַיְמַהֲרוּ וַיּוֹרִדוּ אִישׁ אֶת אַמְתַּחְתּוֹ אָרְצָה וַיִּפְתְּחוּ אִישׁ אַמְתַּחְתּוֹ:
Why does the pasuk have to emphasize that each person took down their own sack?
In the Sefer Likutei Yehuda, it says that the Torah wants to emphasize to us that each person is sent their own burden(sack) and that only you can handle the burden that is uniquely designed for you.
I’d like to add two points to this idea. When the brothers opened their burden, they found their silver inside. I think that emphasizes that when you open your burden, when you come to terms with accepting and managing your burden, inside your burden you will find your treasure. The second idea I would like to add is, the first time the brothers removed their sacks, one brother was missing. Shimon. Of all the shevatim, the only ones the Torah emphasizes as having a unique bond is Shimon and Levi. Who removes and opens Shimon’s burden when he isn’t there? Levi, Shimon’s closest brother. When you are נושא בעול with your brother, you become able to help him with his burden also.
To my special family, friends and students who have been with us for the past week, both in davening and concern, this dvar torah is dedicated to you.
Zave and Rachel Rudman