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Weekly Parsha Questions

Miketz Question 1

Yechiel Shaffer

Dreams continue to play a prominent role in Torah, this time the dreamer is none other the the Pharoah himself. And the very nature of the dreams a deeply troubling to him. None of his dream interpreters or wise men can offer insights into these dreams that are satisfactory, so at the advice of his butler, the Pharoah called for the Hebrew dream interpreter from the dungeons, Yosef.

בראשית פרשת מקץ פרק מא

כה) ויאמר יוסף אל־פרעה חלום פרעה אחד הוא את אשר האלהים עשה הגיד לפרעה

25. And Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s dream is one; what God is doing He has told Pharaoh.

What is it about Yosef’s interpretation that resonates with Pharoah?

בראשית פרשת מקץ פרק מא

לט) ויאמר פרעה אל־יוסף אחרי הודיע אלהים אותך את־כל־זאת אין־נבון וחכם כמוך

39. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has let you know all this, there is no one as understanding and wise as you.

מ) אתה תהיה על־ביתי ועל־פיך ישק כל־עמי רק הכסא אגדל ממך

40. You shall be [appointed] over my household, and through your command all my people shall be nourished; only [with] the throne will I be greater than you.”

God was present in Yosef’s interpretation and Pharoah takes note. How does the Pharoah interpret Yosef’s mention of God in his interpretation?

Where would Yosef have learned to mention God as part of his speech (See Bereishis Chapter 27:20)?

In the light of Pharoah’s reaction to Yosef, when one incorporates God into ones conversations what impact does that have on the speaker and listener?

A Proclamation by

President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.