Storing Fortune for the Future

Dena Weiss

Parashat Mikeitz

In the beginning of this week’s parashah, Pharaoh is dreaming.  His dreams are frightening and disorienting, but Pharaoh knows better than to ignore them.  He consults with his advisors but finds their interpretations wanting; his unrest is unresolved.  When his royal butler hears of Pharoah’s distress, it reminds him of his own and the dream that he had when he was in prison.  The butler remembers how Yosef, a fellow prisoner, was gifted in the interpretation of dreams and urges Pharaoh to consult him.  Pharaoh finds in Yosef not only an interpreter for his dreams but an architect of his nation’s future. (5778)