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Torah Talk for Parashat Miketz

December 28, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Yosef interprets Pharaoh’s dreams and is appointed to implement Egypt’s anti-famine plan. This brings him into contact with his brothers again, as they come to Egypt to buy food.

Yosef’s epithet is “HaTzaddikthe Righteous One.” This is an interesting appellation for a person who lorded his dreams over his brothers, concealed from his father the fact that he was alive for twenty two years, and did not reveal his true identity to his brothers until he had sufficiently taunted them. Ah, but you say, he resisted the charms of the wife of Potiphar. But is this one action enough to label him “tzaddik?”

A careful look at one section of this week’s parasha may reveal the reason for his name. Read more >