Parashat Miketz, Remaining Faithful.


Parashat Miketz meaning “at the end” is the second word and the first distinctive word of the Parashah of the
tenth weekly Torah portion in the annual cycle of the Torah reading.  The Triennial Cycle portion,
Bereshit / Genesis 41:1-52, we find Yoseph (Joseph) is still in jail for a falsely
accused crime and God has given Pharaoh two dreams of future events that are about to occur.  We read:
Bereshit / Genesis 41:15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I have had a dream, but no one can
interpret it; and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.’  41:16 Joseph
then answered Pharaoh, saying, ‘It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.’ (NASB) 

This is the turning point in the narrative where God gives Yoseph the interpretation to Pharaoh’s dreams and lifts Yoseph
up out of prison and sets him in a powerful position over all of Egypt.  Yoseph’s response to Pharaoh is suggestive
that in the midst of all the troubles he had been put through, he still remained faithful to the God of his father’s Avraham,
Yitzchak (Isaac), and Yaakov (Yisrael/Jacob).
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