The taste of Shabbat – Miketz 5778
Rav Mordechai Elon
When Yosef interprets his dreams, Pharaoh and his court are ecstatic.
Let us begin with the question asked by the Abarbanel:
"Any simpleton would have interpreted the dreams as Yosef did…Why did his interpretation cause Pharaoh to give Yosef so much honour and power, to call him intelligent, wise and with God's spirit?"
If we were to take a small child to the Nile, knowing that Egypt there is no rain, that the fields are all irrigated from it, and then from the river rise 7 full ears of grain and then 7 thin ones, what would be the first thing he thinks when he sees the thin swallowing the fat? Isn't the solution obvious when he sees the thin cows eating the fat ones? How can it be that not one of the wise of Egypt, the biggest empire on Earth, couldn’t solve the riddle?
pharaoh, when he accepts Yosef's interpretation receives something else in the bargain, faith in God
אֵ֣ת אֲ שֶׁ֧ר הָֽאֱלֹהִִ֛ים עֹ שֶׂ֖ה הִגִִּ֥יד לְפַרְעָֹֽה.
What God is doing He has told Pharaoh
Pharaoh doesn’t just agree with Yosef's interpretation, he makes him his deputy, what was so special?can we learn from this point?