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.

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As a test, Joseph accuses Benjamin of stealing a goblet.


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Kindness in Disguise
Rabbi Lisa Goldstein, Hillel

Joseph’s Response to Hunger
Adina Gerver, AJWS

Don’t Just Stand There
Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger, KOLEL

Limitations of Self-Denial
Rabbi Dorothy Richman, AJWS

Creating Family Peace
Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum, URJ

Connecting With Others
Guy Izhak Austrian, AJWS

Benevolent Dictatorship?
Rabbi Justin David, socialaction.com


The Song of the Land
Rabbi Shaul Judelman, Canfei Nesharim

From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Two Kinds of Intelligence
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University

Interpreting From the Outside
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships

Real Men Cry
Shuly Schwartz, Jewish Theological Seminary

Nourishing Others
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative

Deeper Meaning of a Name
Rabbi Chaim Landau, Orthodox Union 

Meeting the Faces of Need
Jennifer Rosenberg, UJA-Federation of New York

Family and Fun

Healing & Transformation
Suzanne Singer, Women of Reform Judaism

Parashat Miketz Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Miketz for Families
Torah Topics for Today

Torah Topics for Today

Moving Beyond Denial
Torah Topics for Today


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