Miketz: Chapter 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 describe Joseph's work as Pharaoh's Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Finance, and praise his wisdom and discretion in both posts. An importatn passage concerns God's ability to create demand in order to benefit those who are able to supply.


A reading of this section helps us to recognize the links between cause and effect, and to govern our actions accordingly. In this way, when life makes demands on us, we can know it is only for our benefit.