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THEMES of Featured Contemporary Kabbalists Articles

The Butcher, the Butler and the Baker
Egypt and Pharaoh represent the forces that prevent the mind from affecting the emotions.
Egypt and Pharaoh represent the forces that prevent the insight of the mind from affecting the emotions of the heart. Pharaoh creates this disconnection by means of his three chiefs—the chief butcher, the chief cupbearer, and the chief baker. Through his interactions with these three chiefs, Joseph elevated the sparks of holiness that resided within them, thereby enabling the Jewish people to do the same.
Fields and Dreams
Joseph embodies the power to unify the fallen sparks of holiness
This Torah reading opens with Joseph's dreams. In the second dream, he saw himself and his brothers taking many separate stalks and tying them into one bundle. This represented taking the splintered sparks of Tohu and elevating them to a state of oneness. This was done "in the field", referring to  malchut of Atzilut, which is called an Apple Orchard in Aramaic.
The Struggle Before the Struggle
Without help, it was unlikely that the Jewish people could survive the Egyptian exile spiritually intact.
G-d arranged for Joseph to descend to Egypt first and weaken the evil of Egypt through his rise to greatness there so that even later generations of Egyptians would not have the strength to overpower and contaminate the Jewish people while enslaved there.
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