Parashat Miketz

Nourishing Others

Judaism can provide spiritual sustenance to those who need it, to those who seek it.

The Limitations of Self-Denial

We must use our gifts of wealth, education, and influence to improve conditions for the poor and powerless.

Real Men Do Cry

Joseph's tears, public and private

Creating Family Peace

Joseph serves as a model of creating opportunities for repentance and forgiveness.

Meeting The Faces Of Need

By personally handing out rations, Joseph established a human connection and involvement with those for whom he provided.

Parashat Miketz: Summary

Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dreams and is appointed to implement Egypt's anti-famine plan, which brings him into contact with his brothers again.

Don’t Just Stand There — Do Something!

Fear paralyzes us, rendering us incapable of addressing our most pressing problems.

The Deeper Meaning Of A Name

In naming his sons, Joseph communicates his thoughts on living in Egypt, alone and distant from his family.

Benevolent Dictatorship or Righteous Balance?

Joseph's actions in dealing with the famine challenge us to strive for a delicate balance of power and compassion.

Kindness In Disguise

By judging others favorably and responding to them with kindness, we add holiness to the world.