Miketz Torah Portion Summary

The Pharoah has some troubling dreams and upon the advice of the baker, called on Joseph to interpret them.

Joseph told the Pharoah that his dreams about seven fat cows being eaten by seven thin cows, and seven healthy ears of corn being devoured by seven thin ears indicated that there will be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.

After advising the Pharoah to stock up on food during the seven good years, the Pharoah made Joseph an important man and changed his name.

Joseph married  the daughter of a priest and had two sons — Menashe and Ephraim.

As predeicted, the seven years of plenty came and passed, and were followed by the seven years of famine.

During these times of starvation, Jacob sent all but one of his sons to get food from the Pharoah, but when Joseph recognized them, he disguised himself as someone they would not recognize, and accused them of being spies.

As Joseph held Shimeon hostage, the other brothers went back home to plead with Jacob to let them bring Benjamin back with them – a request that Jacob eventually agreed to.

Upon seeing Benjamin, Joseph held a great feast and celebrated before sending his brothers home with full bags of grain and all the money they had come with.

However, before leaving, Joseph hid a silver goblet in Benjamin’s bag, and then sent a servant to accuse the brothers and bring back the one who “stole” it.

Since the goblet was found in Benjamin’s bag, he was brought back to Joseph to be his slave, and the rest of the brothers were sent home to Jacob.

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