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The Need to Look Beyond One’s Self

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The rabbinic sages were meticulous readers, cognizant of whatever seemed to them to be expressed unusually. And so, when Pharaoh recounts for Yosef his first dream, the Torah’s manner of speaking intrigued them: “And it was that after two years’ time, and Pharaoh dreams, and behold, he was standing by (literally: over) the Nile.” (Genesis 41:1) In one midrash, the sages noted that the phrase “he was standing over (עומד על)” seemed superfluous and, since, as a rule, they believed that no expression in the Torah was without purpose, they interpreted these words to be a description of........

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