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    Dreams & dreamers – Vayyeshev

    The story in this week’s Torah reading (Gen. 37:5-9) is largely about dreams.

    Joseph has dreams about leadership and status. The brothers recognise Joseph’s authority and pay homage to him. The dream actually came true when Joseph was a high official in Egypt and his brothers gave him obeisance.

    Go to next week’s reading and we find this time that it is Pharaoh who is the dreamer. His dreams are about cows and corn.

    The difference between Joseph and Pharaoh is in the theme of their respective dreams. Joseph’s dreams are about where a person fits in the order of the universe.

    What Pharaoh dreams about is not the world, about the structure of society and indeed about how God wants things to be, but about what he will eat and what he will possess.

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