Shabbat Parshat Miketz – News & What’s On

“At the end of two years, it came to pass that Pharaoh was dreaming…” (Bereshis 41:1)

The Egyptian exile came about through a series of dreams. Yosef’s brothers hated him because of his dreams, ultimately selling him as a slave. After changing hands several times, Yosef wound up in Egypt, where he was eventually jailed. In jail he earned fame as a dream interpreter and his interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams landed him the second most powerful position in the country – viceroy. As a result, Yosef’s family decided to temporarily settle near him in Egypt, a move that resulted in some 200 years of Egyptian subjugation and oppression.

The significant role dreams played in bringing about the Egyptian exile is explained in chassidic teaching as as allusion to the spiritual reality of galut, exile. And in light of the Arizal’s teaching that every subsequent exile is rooted in the original Egyptian exile, it follows that the dreamlike reality that characterised the Egyptian exile defines our current exile too.

In dreams, blatant contradictions seem plausible. The subject of a dream might reflect our conscious reality, but the context if often entirely unrealistic. Similarly, the conditions of exile cause our lives to abound with spiritual contradictions. We might experience selfless love of G-d while playing, yet simultaneously lust for things that are prohibited by the Torah.

But we must not be discouraged by the contradictions that plague our spiritual lives in exile, because the dreamlike nature of exile that allows us to increase our devotion to G-d despite our internal flaws also brings about another similarity between exile and dreams. Just as we are forced awake from our dreams when we are surrounded by bright light, by abundantly adding in the light of Torah and mitzvah we will ultimately force ourselves awake from the dream of galut to the bright world of Moshiach.

-An excerpt from a talk by the Rebbe (Toras Menachem, vol. 29, pp. 262-265)

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