Parshat Miketz is an extremely entertaining parsha and Joseph is an incredible character that takes the lead role this week.
One night Pharaoh had two dreams that disturbed him greatly. Pharaoh was told that Joseph was successful in analyzing dreams, so he summoned him. Joseph told Pharaoh that his dreams meant that Egypt was going to have seven years of great abundance, which would then be immediately followed by seven grueling years of famine. After Joseph interpreted these dreams for Pharaoh, Joseph then offered some advice and said:
“Now let Pharaoh seek out a discerning and wise man and set him over the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:33)
The truly unique trait Joseph portrayed here was the simple concrete advise he gave Pharoah, after Pharoah only had asked for an interpretation. We live in a world where people love to point out all the things that are wrong. Be that rare person who offers up concrete answers and will even commit to being a part of the solution. How many people will just as eagerly and readily offer up solutions? Very few. I think this is something we should all take from Joseph and can EASILY apply it to our every day lives. Go above and beyond, and we can all make the world a better place!
Student studying in MMY