Shavua Tov and Chanukah Sameach. The Mishna in Pirkei Avot says, איזהו חכם הרואה את הנולד, Who is wise? The one who sees the consequences of his actions. It struck me from today's Parsha how true this statement is. How could Yosef's brothers have acted so impetuously without realizing the consequences of their actions. Did they really believe they would get away with such a heinous crime? Later, they sincerely regretted their actions but it came with a heavy price.
So often we see people making foolish decisions without thinking, and for one moment of indiscretion, they pay the price during their entire lifetime.
We certainly need to think carefully before we speak but we need to be even more careful to think before we act.
The messages of the Torah are both deep and practical. It would do us well to carefully put these teachings into practice.