Weekly Torah Portion: Miketz (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17)


In this Torah portion, Pharaoh has two dreams. His baker remembers Joseph from prison, and Pharaoh brings Joseph to interpret the dreams. Pharaoh is so impressed by Joseph that he makes him his advisor. There is a famine, and Jacob sends his sons, minus Benjamin, to Egypt to buy food. They do not recognize Joseph when they meet him. Joseph tests his brothers by accusing them of being spies. Joseph arrests Simeon and demands the brothers bring Benjamin to Egypt to prove they are not spies. When Benjamin arrives, Joseph puts a goblet in Benjamin’s bag and accuses him of stealing it. Read an extensive summary on My Jewish Learning

Related D’var Torah

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Torah Verse of the Week*

And removing his signet ring from his hand, Pharaoh put it on Joseph’s hand; and he had him dressed in robes of fine linen, and put a gold chain around his neck. (Genesis 41:42; Parashat miketz)

Other Suggested Readings

Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams and rises to power, his brothers journey to Egypt for food and the brothers appear before Joseph who hides his identity to them. Read from our Telephone Torah Study archives.

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*Torah Verse of the Week is chosen by the Torah class during Tuesdays’ studies with Rabbi Lisa Edwards. Check out when our next Torah Study takes place

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