Parashat Miketz tells of Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams, Joseph’s rise to power in Egypt, and Joseph’s testing of his brothers.
In this special Haftorah, for the Rosh Chodesh of Hanukkah, Zechariah has visions that tell of the LORD’s full restoration of Israel and victory over the Nations who will join themselves to the Almighty. Zechariah sees the Menorah between two olive trees.
In the Apostolics, Steven recounts how Joseph became viceroy of Egypt to save the family of Israel.
The tenth portion of the book of Beresheet/Genesis is Miketz, which means “At the End” This is the 10th Torah Portion.
Torah: Genesis 41:-44:17
Haftorah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Apostolic: Acts 7:9-16
You can read or listen to the portions below:
“Sing, daughter of Tziyon; rejoice! For, here, I am coming; and I will live among you,” says The LORD. When that time comes, many nations will join themselves to The LORD. “They will be my people, and I will live among you.” Then you will know that it was The LORD of Hosts who sent me to you. The LORD will take possession of Y’hudah as his portion in the holy land, and he will again make Yerushalayim his choice. Be silent, all humanity, before The LORD; for he has been roused from his holy dwelling.’”
He showed me Y’hoshua the cohen hagadol standing before the angel of The LORD, with the Accuser standing at his right to accuse him. The LORD said to the Accuser, “May The LORD rebuke you, Accuser! Indeed, may The LORD, who has made Yerushalayim his choice, rebuke you! Isn’t this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” Y’hoshua was clothed in garments covered with dung; and he was standing before the angel, who said to those standing in front of him, “Take those filthy garments off of him.” Then to him he said, “See, I am taking your guilt away. I will clothe you in fine robes.” I said, “They should put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and gave him fine robes to wear, while the angel of The LORD stood by. Then the angel of The LORD gave Y’hoshua this warning: “The LORD of Hosts says this: ‘If you will walk in my ways, obey my commission, judge my house and guard my courtyards; then I will give you free access among these who are standing here. Listen, cohen gadol Y’hoshua, both you and your colleagues seated here before you, because these men are a sign that I am going to bring my servant Tzemach [Sprout]. For look at the stone I have put in front of Y’hoshua: on one stone are seven eyes; I will engrave what is to be written on it,’ says The LORD of Hosts ; ‘and I will remove the guilt of this land in one day. When that time comes,’ says The LORD, ‘you will all invite each other to join you under your vines and fig trees.’”
Then the angel that had been speaking with me returned and roused me, as if he were waking someone up from being asleep, and asked me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I’ve been looking at a menorah ; it’s all of gold, with a bowl at its top, seven lamps on it, and seven tubes leading to the lamps at its top. Next to it are two olive trees, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left.” I then asked the angel speaking with me, “What are these, my Lord?” The angel speaking with me said, “Don’t you know what these are?” I said, “No, my Lord.” Then he answered me, “This is the word of The LORD to Z’rubavel: ‘Not by force, and not by power, but by my Spirit,’ says The LORD of Hosts. ‘What are you, you big mountain? Before Z’rubavel you will become a plain; and he will put the capstone in place, as everyone shouts, “It’s beautiful! Beautiful!”’
“Now the Patriarchs grew jealous of Yosef and sold him into slavery in Egypt. But The LORD was with him; he rescued him from all his troubles and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him chief administrator over Egypt and over all his household. Now there came a famine that caused much suffering throughout Egypt and Kena‘an But when Ya‘akov heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time. The second time, Yosef revealed his identity to his brothers, and Yosef’s family became known to Pharaoh. Yosef then sent for his father Ya‘akov and all his relatives, seventy-five people. And Ya‘akov went down to Egypt; there he died, as did our other ancestors. Their bodies were removed to Sh’khem and buried in the tomb Avraham had bought from the family of Hamor in Sh’khem for a certain sum of money.