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On what date was Joseph released from prison?

On what date was Joseph released from prison?


According to the Talmud, Pharaoh's dreams and the release of Joseph from prison (see Genesis 41) occurred on Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the year. On that day, G‑d determines the fate of the world for the coming year and, among other determinations, decrees whether it will be a time of famine or plenty. It is also the day when G‑d decides the fate of every individual for the upcoming year.

It was therefore on this day that Pharaoh dreamed about the coming years of plenty which would be followed by the years of hunger. And it was on this date that G‑d decided that the time had arrived for Joseph to become a free man and be elevated to royalty.

Another notable event that occurred on Rosh Hashanah – for the same reasons mentioned above – was the cessation of slavery for the Israelites in Egypt. Though the Exodus occurred in the spring, in the month of Nissan, active servitude on the part of the Israelites came to a halt more than a half a year beforehand—on Rosh Hashanah.

Let me know if this is helpful, and if there is anything else that I can assist with.

All the best,

Rochel Chein for

Talmud, Tractate Rosh Hashanah 10b.
Mrs. Rochel Chein is a member of the Ask the Rabbi team.
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Anonymous Miami, Fl, USA September 4, 2010

Joseph's release from prison I don't know where I read it and I didn't save it on my computer. I guess the reference to his deliverance was connecting it to the new year and I figured since the Torah says that the beginning of months is the month of Nissan - or Pesach (Passover), then that is the same day the children of Israel were led out of Egypt. Why do you put credence on the Talmud, more than the Torah? I read that the reason Rosh Hashanah is considered the new year is because of the tradition of the Talmud. But what I read that supposedly it states that the angel Gabriel showed up to Joseph to teach him 70 languages (Sotah 36b) - I cannot believe that. The Torah never says that. Then there is something in the Talmud that G_d fought with another god and won. G_d doesn't need to fight any other gods. Can you explain why you trust the Talmud and not just the Word of G_d - the Torah? Reply

EK Brooklyn September 3, 2010

To anonymous in Miami We know that Joseph was released from prison on Rosh Hashanah from Psalm 81 verses 4-6:
Sound the shofar on the New Moon, on the appointed time for the day of our festival. For it is a statute for Israel, the judgment of the God of Jacob. As a testimony for Jehoseph, He ordained it, when he went forth over the land of Egypt, [when] I understood a language that I had not known.

I'm not sure which Mishna you're referring to; please state the Tractate, Chapter and Mishnah, and I'll look into it. Reply

Anonymous Miami March 20, 2010

joseph's release date I just read in the Mishna that Joseph was released on passover, the same night the jews left Egypt and the same day that Daniel was delivered from the Lion's Den. How come your date is different? How does anyone know the day if the Torah doesn't mention it nor the Tenach for the deliverance of Daniel? Reply

Yossi July 9, 2009

Miracles The miracles that G-d does for his people! :) Reply

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