PARASHAT MIKETZ

Saturday 28th December 2019 6TH light of Hanukkah 30th Kislev 5780

PARASHAT MIKETZ Herschel

Genesis 41:1-44:17; Zechariah 2:14 – 4:17; John 10:22-28

Gen 41:1

It happened at the end of two years to the day – vay’hi miketz sh’natayim yamim - Pharaoh was dreaming

The NKJV version begins ‘when two full years had passed…”. The Chumash emphasizes ‘to the day’. Why the precision of the language?

In order to understand why Torah is so accurate with its language, we need to examine the context. Joseph was unfairly imprisoned on trumped up charges of sexual misconduct with Potiphar’s wife. He found himself in prison together with Pharaoh’s baker and butler who both had dreams. Joseph accurately interpreted the dreams; the chief cupbearer would be restored to his position within 3 days while the baker unfortunately, would be put to death. And, it happened exactly as Joseph had predicted. And, Joseph had asked the cupbearer to “remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison” (Gen 40:14). But, he forgot all about Joseph languishing in prison. “The chief cupbearer, however, “did not remember Joseph; he forgot him” (Gen 40:23).

Two years later, to the day, suddenly the cupbearer remembers Joseph when Pharaoh has some troubling dreams that all the wise men of Egypt could not explain.