Parshat Miketz – Leetal Winick

Posted on December 11, 2015

At the beginning of this week’s Parsha, Parshat Miketz, Paroh dreams about fourteen cows coming out of the Nile. The first seven cows that emerge are healthy and robust and the seven cows that follow are unhealthy and skinny. His dream ends with the seven unhealthy,skinny cows eating the healthy, robust cows. When we try to break down Paroh’s dream and fully understand it we find that there are no coincidences. The number of cows and the Nile itself represents more than what they seem. The number seven is an “in this world “ number. There are seven days in the week, seven colors in the rainbow etc. Quickly sidetracking to the holiday which we are now celebrating, on Chanukah, we celebrate the number 8. The number 8 is one more beyond the number seven. On the holiday of Chanukah we connect to that which is beyond the world we live in. When we look back on the Parsha we find that Egypt, and more importantly Paroh, took the world of nature, the world of seven, the Nile River itself, and worshipped it. On Chanukah we take nature, which has the same gematria as G-d, and recognize that there is a supernatural force upon it. “We take the world of seven and make it into eight.”