Parshat Mikets-Hanukah

Summary: Mikets is the 10th parasha in the Book of Genesis spanning chapters 41:1-44:17. It opens with Pharaoh’s dreams and Joseph being released from prison to act as interpreter; he foretold that 7 years of plenty would be followed by 7 years of hardship.

Appointed Viceory of Egypt, Joseph formed an austerity plan to save the nation from starvation. In Cana’an, when the famine took hold, Jacob sent his sons to buy food; the brothers descend to Egypt and are caught up in a drama that tested their loyalties.

Comment: For a profound insight into human destiny and Joseph’s meteoric rise to power, please read the essay by former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.