Parashat Vayeshev

Joseph's dreams anger his brothers, who sell him into slavery in Egypt, where he eventually ends up in prison, still interpreting others' dreams.

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"The three baskets equal three days," interpreted Joseph. "In three days, the Pharaoh will hang you and the birds will eat your flesh."

It came to pass on Pharaoh's birthday that he made a feast for all his servants, including the baker and the butler. The Pharaoh restored the chief of butlers, but the chief of bakers was hung as Joseph predicted. However, the chief of the butlers did not remember Joseph and forgot him.

Questions For Discussion

1. The text tells us that Joseph's brothers hate him. What does it mean "to hate?" Do you hate anyone? Is it possible to love and hate someone at the same time?

2. Do you agree with Joseph that "dream interpretations belong to God"? Why or why not?

3. What is God's role in the dreams in this Torah portion? What is God's role in your dreams?

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Nancy Reuben Greenfield

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