- Jacob's favoritism comes AFTER Joseph's "evil reports". Coincidence?
- Can you see parallels between Joseph's supposed "evil reports" according to Rashi and later events in his story?
- Why do the brothers and Jacob all take the dreams as more than just dreams?
- Why does Joseph tell the first dream only to the brothers, but the second to his father as well? For that matter, why does he tell anyone at all?
- Why does Jacob mention Joseph's mother, though she died in childbirth a couple of chapters earlier?
Andrew Lloyd Webber:
"Joseph's Dreams" from Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joseph's coat annoyed his brothers
But what makes us mad
Are the things that Joseph tells us of the dreams he's often had
I dreamed that in the fields one day, the corn gave me a sign
Your eleven sheaves of corn all turned and bowed to mine
My sheaf was quite a sight to see, a golden sheaf and tall
Yours were green and second-rate and really rather small
This is not the kind of thing we brothers like to hear
It seems to us that Joseph and his dreams should disappear
I dreamed I saw eleven stars, the sun and moon and sky
Bowing down before my star, it made me wonder why
Could it be that I was born for higher things than you?
A post in someone's government, a ministry or two?
The dreams of our dear brother are the decade's biggest yawn
His talk of stars and golden sheaves is just a load of corn
Not only is he tactless but he's also rather dim
For there's eleven of us and there's only one of him
The dreams of course will not come true
That is, we think they won't come true
That is, we hope they won't come true
What if he's right all along?
The dreams are more than crystal clear, the writing on the wall
Means that Joseph some day soon will rise above us all
The accuracy of the dreams we brothers do not know
But one thing we are sure about -- the dreamer has to go
- How does the musical's version of the dreams differ from the Torah's account? What about the brothers' complaints regarding Joseph?
Now we get to the connection with Chanukah
תורה תמימה בראשית לז:כד אות כ'
וצ"ל שראובן ואחיו לא ידעו שבבור יש נחשים ועקרבים, שהרי חשב ע"פ עצה זו להשיבו אל אביו... הבור עמוק עשרים אמה ויותר, וקיי"ל דלמעלה מעשרים אין עינו של אדם שולטת כמו דקיי"ל לענין נר חנוכה וסוכה
Torah Temima Genesis 37:24, Section 20
You must say that Reuben and his brothers did not know that there were snakes and scorpions, becuase [Reuben] planned to return Joseph to their father.... The pit was at least 20 amot deep, and we hold that the eyes cannot see something at a height or depth of 20 amot, as we hold regarding Channuka candles and the Schach of a sukka.
- Psalm 30 also mentions a pit, and is often associated with Chanukah, because it has the words Chanukat HaBayit (dedication of the house) in it. But which house is being dedicated?
- What house does David build? Is it a Temple for God?
- God says that one of David's descendants will build a house for God--is God talking about a literal house or a figurative house? Is David talking about a literal house or a figurative house?
- Does this prophecy remind you of anything else?