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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Miketz

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Parasha Summary - Miketz

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Paro has a dream and wants it interpreted. The wine chamberlain remembers that Yosef accurately interpreted his dream in prison. Yosef is released from prison and brought before Paro. He says there will soon be 7 years of abundance, then 7 years of famine. He advises Paro to store grain and prepare for the famine. Paro appoints him as viceroy to oversee the project.

Yosef marries Osnat, Potifar’s daughter, and has 2 sons, Menashe and Efraim.

Yakov sends his sons to Egypt to buy food. The brothers don’t recognize Yosef and come before him and bow to him. Yosef plays the part of an Egyptian, acts harshly and accuses them of being spies. He sells them food but keeps Shimon hostage until they bring Binyamin to him. They return to Yaakov and retell everything. Yakov at first refuses to let Binyamin go to Egypt, but when the famine grows, he accedes.

Yosef welcomes the brothers lavishly as honored guests. When he sees Binyamin he rushes from the room and weeps. Yosef instructs his servants to put his goblet in Binyamin's sack. When the goblet is discovered, Yosef demands Binyamin become his slave. Yehuda offers himself, but Yosef refuses.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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