Everything is in the Hands of God

In the beginning of Parshat Miketz (Breisheet 41:1-7), Pharaoh had two dreams that the necromancers and wise men of Egypt could not interpret:


Pharaoh was dreaming that behold he was standing over the river, when behold out of the river there emerged seven cows, of beautiful appearance and robust flesh, and they were grazing in the marshland. Then behold seven other cows emerged after them out of the river of ugly appearance and gaunt flesh; and they stood next to the cows on the bank of the river. The cows of ugly appearance and gaunt flesh ate the seven cows of beautiful appearance and robust.


Behold seven ears of grain were sprouting on a single stalk, healthy and good. And behold, seven ears, thin and scorched by the east wind were growing after them. Then the seven thin ears swallowed the up the seven healthy and full ears.


According to Chochma im Nachala, the necromancers and wise men of Egypt could not interpret the dreams since they were taught that the world runs strictly by the laws of nature. Pharaoh’s dreams however went against the laws of nature. According to nature the stronger ones would win a war against the weaker ones and the healthier one would be victorious over the thin ones. In Pharaoh’s dreams the weak ate the strong and the necromancers couldn’t deal with the fact that this was the opposite of nature. Yosef, who grew up in the house of Yaakov was taught that everything is done by the hand of God, even if it seems contrary to the natural order of the world. Since God created the world, God can change nature as God sees fit.


Therefore, after Yosef heard the dream, before he interpreted it he said “What God is about to do He told to Pharaoh” (41:25) even though he had already told Pharaoh before hearing the dream “This is beyond me; it is God Who will respond with Paraoh’s welfare” (41:16).


God created the world and He can lower us down and raise us up, have the weak become victorious over the strong and have few win over many (as we say in the ‘al hanisim’ for Chanukah: You delivered the strong into the hands of the weak, the many into the hands of the few, the impure into the hands of the pure, the wicked into the hands of the righteous and the wanton into the hands of the diligent students of Your Torah). Everything is done according to God’s will. We saw this in the days of the Maccabbee’s and we saw this during Israel’s wars. If we continue to do our part and trust in God, then we hope and pray that God will help us to become victorious over our enemies.