Posted by: mosesfromsinai | November 17, 2013

Vayaishev – And He Settled

This week’s Torah Reading is Vayaishev – And He Settled. This week we enter into the world of dreams. Yoseph has 2 dreams now. Yoseph will also deal with dreams and their interpretations. He will deal with the dreams of the two prisoners with him in an Egyptian jail and then later with the 2 dreams that Pharoh the King of Egypt has. One thing we clearly see is that dreams are presented in pairs. With the two in jail, each had one but the total is still 2.

There are two sides to a coin and two ways life can be interpreted; either in a positive light or a negative light or in a kind way or a cruel way.

Yoseph’s dreams show him as a leader or ruler that his parents and brothers would bow to. For Yoseph this is a very positive situation. Under normal circumstances, a parent and brothers would be proud. However, there is a problem here. Yoseph’s brothers are very jealous of him and even despise him. Yoseph is a snitch, reporting everything he sees his brothers do back to his father. Thus now when he tells his brothers that he has two dreams showing that he will be superior, his brothers are far from proud. They hate him even more.

Years later the dreams will be fulfilled and the brothers and Yoseph’s father and Bilha (who looked after Yoseph when Rochel died) will bow to him. They will be proud of what Yoseph has accomplished. It is the strength of unity that will help set the tone for future redemption. The brothers are all united and love and respect one another. In the future the tribes will again be united, this time under the leadership of Moshiach who comes from the tribe of Yehuda. It was Yehuda that saved Yoseph and had him sold to Egypt rather than killed. Again it was Yehuda that protected Benyamin with his own life. This unity will bring about the ultimate dream of Moshiach and the 3rd Bais Hamikdosh

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