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Health, Nutrition & Torah: Miketz

| December 8, 2010

The Text:

Genesis 41-44:17 Joseph’s skill as a dream interpreter saves his life when he is in jail.  Later, his ability to read dreams wins him favor in the Pharaoh’s eyes.

Genesis 41:1-4 “After two years’ time, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile, when out of the Nile there came up seven cows, handsome and sturdy, and they grazed in the reed grass.  But presently, seven other cows came up from the Nile close behind them; ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven handsome sturdy cows.  And Pharaoh awoke.”

The Context:

The entire Joseph narrative revolves around Joseph’s ability to interpret the Pharaoh’s dream.  By doing so, he prepares the kingdom, with principles of supply and demand, to save the grain from the good years for the bad years that were coming.  Joseph’s ability to lead is directly related to his understanding of how to deal with food scarcity. He is described in the text as a minister of agriculture, overseer of granaries of Upper and Lower Egypt.

What it Means for Advocates:

Food planning on an international scale could ensure food security for more people.

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