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One year, when visiting Israel, the rabbi was waiting in line. Many of us know that "standing on queue" in Israel is a contact sport; those without sharp elbows are relegated to the back. Deftly, a young woman tried to cut in. B'vakasha - "excuse me?" chided the rabbi. S'licha, responded the woman, "I didn't see you."The Torah reading for this Shabbat, the last day of Chanukah, is Parshat Miketz. It begins with Pharaoh's dreams of seven withered sheaves of grain consuming seven healthy sheaves and seven emaciated cows devouring seven healthy head of cattle. When no one can interpret Pharaoh's dream, the Chief Butler mentions a "Hebrew lad" who had divined the meaning of both the Butler and the Chief Baker's dreams when the two were imprisoned. Joseph is summoned from jail, foretells the coming of seven years of plenty and stresses the need to make preparations for the seven years of famine that would follow. Impressed, Pharaoh promotes Joseph to the position of viceroy and charges him to carry out his plan.
Reflecting Radiance: On Dreams, People, Light Howard A Addison Jewish Exponent; Dec 17, 2009; 227, 12; Docstoc pg. 19 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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