Beauty vs real beauty – Shabbat Kodesh Par. Lech Lecha

We learn in this Parsha that Avram is travelling to Egypt due to the drought in Eretz Israel:

וַיְהִ֥י רָעָ֖ב בָּאָ֑רֶץ וַיֵּ֨רֶד אַבְרָ֤ם מִצְרַ֙יְמָה֙ לָג֣וּר שָׁ֔ם כִּֽי־כָבֵ֥ד הָרָעָ֖ב בָּאָֽרֶץ׃

“There was a famine in the Land, and Avram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the Land”.

וַיְהִ֕י כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר הִקְרִ֖יב לָב֣וֹא מִצְרָ֑יְמָה וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ אֶל־שָׂרַ֣י אִשְׁתּ֔וֹ הִנֵּה־נָ֣א יָדַ֔עְתִּי כִּ֛י אִשָּׁ֥ה יְפַת־מַרְאֶ֖ה אָֽתְּ׃

וְהָיָ֗ה כִּֽי־יִרְא֤וּ אֹתָךְ֙ הַמִּצְרִ֔ים וְאָמְר֖וּ אִשְׁתּ֣וֹ זֹ֑את וְהָרְג֥וּ אֹתִ֖י וְאֹתָ֥ךְ יְחַיּֽוּ׃

“As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. If the Egyptians see you, and think, ‘She is his wife,’ they will kill me and let you live”.

Now we ask: Why did Avram think about it only now? Did he not know the facts upon setting off on his way?

The Ruzinerer Rebbe says. There is beauty, and there is real beauty. Beauty is when a person looks beautiful at home, in a pleasant atmosphere, etc. Real beauty is when a person looks beautiful under ANY circumstances.  Avram said to Sarai: Now that we are wandering through the desert, under difficult circumstances, I know that yours is a real beauty.

Have a real beautiful Shabbat

Rabbi Chaim Michael Biberfeld