by Rabbi Hirsh M. Chinn
In Parshas Miketz, the story opens with וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ שְׁנָתַיִם יָמִים “And it came to pass at the end of two full years” (literally : two years of days) Why the additional “of days”? Someone who lives a spiritually connected life tries to make each day constructive. Each day of connecting with a force and a source greater than ourselves, develops the person/mensch, one day at a time and these days add up becoming months and years. Yosef completed a period of two years – one day at a time.
This idea is reflected in the lights of the menorah that we light, following the opinion of Beis Hillel, 1,2,3 etc . We celebrate the days of miracles that we have experienced. We don’t light 8,7,6, etc. looking at the amount of miraculous days remaining. People living in recovery from any illness learn to celebrate the days that they “have” not what is ahead. Ask any “old-timer” in recovery and you will hear that all the “years” of sobriety are all made up of each “today”.
Perhaps this too is hinted to, when the Torah says that Avraham died וְאַבְרָהָם זָקֵן, בָּא בַּיָּמִים – And Avraham was old, (literally) coming with his days. Growing each day.