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Parshat Mikeitz: The Dilemma of National Dependence

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One consequence of the Jewish diaspora is our historical reliance on foreign empires and nations. As time went on and we traveled country-to-country, we found ourselves dependent on the will of whichever place we decided to dwell. Whether with Spain or Poland, our time in those countries was always ephemeral, contextualized by the uncomfortable truth that while we may adjust to our surroundings, we were never truly home; our safety and survival were contingent on the goodwill of those who found us in their borders.

This historical theme takes on a newfound interest in Parshat Mikeitz. Having been sold into Egypt as a slave, climbing to more power, and being jailed as deviant, Yosef finds himself at rock bottom. Two years after his imprisonment began, Pharaoh learns of his dream-interpretation abilities and requests his service. Yosef successfully interprets Pharaoh’s dreams and is subsequently promoted to be the........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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