Dvar for Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17)
When Paroh finally finds a satisfactory interpretation of his dreams, he proclaims that the interpreter, Yosef, is the most understanding and wisest person (41:39). While Yosef credits his interpretation as coming from G-d, why does Paroh see fit to credit Yosef directly?
Rabbi Berel Wein explains that Yosef trained himself to turn visions into reality, such that Paroh’s dreams required action, a coupling that no one else considered. It was this emphasis on devising and executing a plan of action that prompted Paroh to declare Yosef the wisest and most understanding.
Throughout our lives, we encounter hopes and dreams, both our own and those of others. Turning ideas into actual practical plans of action not only solidifies those dreams and goals but turns them into reality. Making the weekly Parsha personal and relevant to our lives proves not only the Torah’s value but our commitment to a plan of action that will help us become wiser and better people.