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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Mikeitz: Yosef Explains A Dream And Becomes A Powerful Ruler?

Yosef is pulled out of jail to decipher the message of Paroh's dream, which he does successfully. In reward for this Paroh makes him vice king and second in command. Isn't this a bit rash? Could he not have made him Minister of Economy or Chief Advisor?

The Toras Chaim answers this with the following story about the Noda B'Yehuda: There were two wealthy people in town who lived in the same courtyard. One day a world class harpist came to the courtyard, played beautiful music, and left. Each one claimed that the music was in his honor. They decided to settle their dispute before the wise Noda B'Yehuda, whom they paid handsomely to decide whose honor the music was for.

After hearing the entire story, the Noda B'Yehuda proclaimed that the music was not in honor of either one of them. The music was clearly in the honor of the Noda B'Yehuda, in order that he should profit from arbitrating this strange dispute.

Paroh was convinced that the dream was in his honor, the great and mighty king. The Mitzrim were sure that it was in honor of the nation, to make them a world power. Yosef interpreted the dream and explained to them that it was purely to get him out of the pit and raise him to a lofty status. Paroh admitted defeat and immediately carried out the dream by making Yosef his second in command.

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