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1. "He puts an end to darkness"

Rabbi Chiya introduces a discussion on the secret nature of good and evil. Rabbi Shimon then defines evil as "the end of the left"; that is, the lack of "remembrance" or connection between the Left and Right Columns. The friends relate this phenomenon to the dreams of...
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2. "And it came to pass at the end of two years"

Here the rabbis discuss Joseph's sojourn in Egypt. Joseph is compared to King David, who at a later time occupied a similar position in relation to the world above and the world below. "The king by justice establishes the land but he who exacts gifts overthrows it."...
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3. "His spirit was troubled"

This passage deals with Pharaoh's troubled spirit, caused by his inability to interpret his dream. The rabbis compare Pharaoh's state of mind to that of Nevuchnetzar during the Babylonian captivity. Rabbi Yitzchak maintains that kings and other heads of state are...
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4. "And they brought him hastily out of the dungeon"

This passage discourses on the allegorical meaning of Pharaoh's elevation of Joseph. Rabbi Aba maintains that the verse reveals the benefits of standing in awe of God and of studying Torah at night. The text then moves to a discussion of Ecclesiastes (Kohelet). It...
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5. "Since Elohim has shown you all this"

Here the Zohar speculates on the hidden meaning of Joseph's successful interpretation of Pharaoh's dream, and the resulting prosperity for both himself and the people of Israel. The rabbis compare Joseph's experience to that of Daniel in Babylon. They proceed to...
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6. "Now Jacob saw that there were provisions in Egypt"

Rabbi Chiya offers a discourse on the subject of judgment, specifically the manner through which judgment is executed in this physical world. We learn that when a man transgresses, supernal justice the laws of cause and effect decrees that an immediate punishment should...
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7. "And Joseph was the governor of the land"

This passage speculates on the secret meanings of Joseph's triumph in Egypt. It tells us that his victory was also one against the hidden powers of evil on the Left -- that is, "the Evil Inclination."   
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8. "And Joseph recognized his brothers"

The Zohar examines the nature of fear and sin, and tells us that negative sexual activity and masturbation lead to negativity and ruin. Fear and sin, it claims, allows our enemies to behave like Joseph's brothers and gives them an opportunity to punish us without mercy...
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9. "And Joseph remembered the dreams"

The commentators stress the importance of remembering one's dreams and presenting them to a sympathetic audience of friends in order to obtain a favorable interpretation. The necessity of obeying every last precept of the Torah is also discussed. The rabbis use the...
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10. "And he put them all together into custody"

The verses relate the twelve signs of the zodiac to the twelve sons of Jacob and the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph, who shows mercy to his treacherous brother, becomes a Patriarch. Rabbi Elazar speculates on the hidden meaning of this occurrence.  
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