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Parshat Mikeitz

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From our Sages on the Parshah
And it came to pass at the end of two years (Genesis 41:1)

Every affliction to befall man has a set time to end; as it is written, "An end He set to darkness, and every limit He investigates" (Job 28:3). This is said regarding Joseph, who was ten years in prison but G-d investigated and saw that it is necessary for him to be imprisoned for another two years... "In every sorrow there is profit" (Proverbs 14:23). This, too, is said in regard to Joseph, who suffered in prison and then profited from it [in becoming] ruler over Egypt.

(Midrash Tanchuma)

As he interpreted to us, so it was (41:13)

Said Rabbi Banaah: There were 24 interpreters of dreams in Jerusalem. Once I had a dream and went around to all of them and they all gave different interpretations, and all were fulfilled, confirming that which is said, "All dreams follow the mouth."

(Talmud, Berachot 55b)

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