Parshas Mikeitz: Fear God Not Man


Sabbath (Shabbos/Shabbat)
December 28, 2019

The Torah (Bible) portion is “Miketz”
Genesis 41:1 – 44:17
Supplemental: I Kings 3:15 – 4:1 

Correction: The supplemental reading Zechariah 2:14-4:7

28 December 2019 – Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Chanukah / Zechariah 2:14-4:7 

It is Chanukah (Hanukkah). It is the sixth day and the seventh night of this holiday. (The day begins the night before.) …

Now, why am I telling you all this?

Bottom line up front, the real war we are engaged in is a war to separate the sacred from the profane. In a war to separate the sacred from the profane, your tools are devotional prayer, good works, and study.

The Torah is a gift given to us to help us understand how to recognize the profane, and how to separate the sacred from it. …

Some people are narrow-minded about Torah study, meaning that they think it is only for a few (maybe Jewish people, maybe people who only study Torah so they have an undistorted understanding). But that is incorrect on its face. (All Jewish men r commanded to study all the time.)

Some people also would think it inappropriate for a religious Jew to be sharing Torah study on the holy Shabbat using the computer. And particularly a woman who is neither a scholar or a rabbi. Again, understood but these are not ideal times.

It is important to note that Internet connectivity is the modern analogue to blood. We know that the profane among us worship blood. And for them, the Internet is like lifeblood. They seek to wield “the power of life and death” in this way (deplatforming.)

This relates to yesterday’s discussion of the beginning of this Torah portion, which is Joseph dreaming of animal cannibalism. The starving cows eat the fully fleshed ones and it is an omen of famine. …

The blog post yesterday had links to a lot of disturbing information about cannibalism & it occurred to me that this area of study is uniquely difficult. If you delve too much into the topic you can actually get sucked into it (bloodsuckers) and that was starting to happen to me.

It’s difficult as a researcher because I want to prove to you that which is already well-established, because we are so constantly “gaslit.”

In order for me to provide these proofs I have to get my hands dirty. It’s too dangerous for me personally.

In a superficial way, let’s just say that all you have to do is look at popular culture to see the obsession with blood. The violent movies which show blood spattering. The medieval shows with the bloody red wax to seal letters. The models with red lipstick. Vampire stuff. Etc.

As was said last night, why do cannibals cannibalize? It’s not only for survival. Rather it is to demonstrate that they and they alone have the power of life and death. (Again, not going too specific but they have rituals with blood to focus and heighten this.)

Cannibal blood ritual does involve the sacrifice of small children, from what I have read. One thing I read last night (which I don’t want to read again) was about the sacrifice of a small girl to create an “incubus.”

Now I don’t understand exactly how a small girl sacrificed to a witch and placed inside her would create a male demon and not a female one, but that is what I read. Whether true or not it is the concept that matters – of humans trying to ape God’s power.

You recall the very triggering YouTube video clip of the man that sounded like (no proof it is) John Podesta screaming at the little boy “I am your father.” Remember this? … … 

Why would an adult scream at a child NOT his child “I am your father” other than to terrify him into submission – to believe that the adult has THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH.

You may consider yourself a servant of God, and you may say in response to this that God our Heavenly Father is the only one with such power, and of course you are right.

But in everyday life, people ROUTINELY try to take what belongs to God and make it their own.

We have already learned that unlike God, evil is not actually real. It depends on human fallibility to sustain it. (This was the discussion of the Qlipot – the shells or husks surrounding/clouding the holy energy of Man.) …

Thus, people who are evil, are constantly at work trying to enlarge their false empire. You have seen this. You know the phrase “ganging up” on people. What is a gang? What does it mean to be “jumped” into a gang? What is a gang symbol? (Here, the Bloods) …

Why do gangs force new initiates to engage in bloody, evil rituals like stabbing someone to death more than 100 times and cutting off their head?

It is to show that they have the power of life and death – not God. …

Joseph came from a family of God believers but was stuck among men (the Pharoahs) who sought the power of God through enslaving others. …

Why do we call them “royalty?” …

Joseph was in a situation where he served a Pharoah determined to retain his power and not lose it – although God had decreed differently.

To stay in power, Pharoah couldn’t turn to God. He needed to MAKE THE PEOPLE BELIEVE HE HAD THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH.

To the point of this thread, when you are specific and meticulous about your devotion to God – whether it’s making sure you’re studying the exact correct Torah portion for the Sabbath, or in any endeavor – you are in effect saying THERE IS NO GOD EXCEPT HIM.

Now, let’s go back to the beginning for a second…let’s talk about who was giving Pharoah his advice.

First of all, the ancient Egyptian belief system was “magic” pure and simple. …

Magic was the be-all and end-all to address life’s problems.

The Egyptians literally turned magic into a science.

Within a society completely devoted to magic (i.e. witchcraft) the Jewish people managed to live and prosper, at least for a time – when they weren’t seen as a threat. …

“Until one day, a new Pharaoh came into power, and he didn’t take too kindly to the Jews. He began to enslave them, and even felt threatened by the possibility that, one day, a good Jewish boy would dethrone him.”

Obviously Pharoah’s fear didn’t just come out of nowhere. His advisers warned him that this would happen.

How did they know? Probably divination/astrology, which we Jews learn that we are supposed to stay away from.

“As a countermeasure, Pharaoh sent for the midwives named Shifra and Puah, and commanded them to kill every baby boy that was born.”

Notice: Pharoah told the JEWISH WOMEN to KILL THEIR OWN.

Why would a midwife, charged with the sacred duty of helping to bring life into the world, obey a decree like this?

Pharoah surmised that the women would FEAR HIM MORE THAN GOD.

The brave Jewish women defied Pharoah. Let’s read a bit. …

“Another tradition relates that Pharaoh decided to kill the males on the advice of his counselors. God told him: Whoever gave you this counsel is a fool. You should have killed the females. If there are no females, from where will the males take wives?”

“‘One woman cannot marry two men, but one man can marry ten or a hundred women!’ Of such foolish advisors, it is said (Isa. 19:11): ‘Utter fools are the nobles of Tanis; the sages of Pharaoh’s advisors [have made] absurd predictions.'”

This reminds me of the 2016 election and all the machinations that the corrupt swamp tried. …

So the midwives who defied Pharoah were “Shifrah and Puah” but those were actually pseudonyms. “The Talmudic sage Rav held that Shifra referred to Yocheved (Moses’ mother) and Puah to Miriam (Moses’ sister).” …

Now how far did the Jewish women go in defying Pharoah? …

Verse 17 [17!] in Exodus Chapter 1 gives us a hint.

וַתִּירֶ֤אןָ הַֽמְיַלְּדֹת֙ אֶת־הָֽאֱלֹהִ֔ים וְלֹ֣א עָשׂ֔וּ כַּֽאֲשֶׁ֛ר דִּבֶּ֥ר אֲלֵיהֶ֖ן מֶ֣לֶךְ מִצְרָ֑יִם וַתְּחַיֶּ֖יןָ אֶת־הַיְלָדִֽים: …

“The midwives, however, feared God [THEY FEARED GOD AND NOT MAN]; so they did not do as the king of Egypt had spoken to them, but they enabled the boys to live.”

Why does the verse seem to repeat itself? (“did not do” / “but enabled”) …

The Talmud explains: “not only did they not kill the boys, but they actively aided them to live, by giving them food and water” (BT Sotah, loc. cit.).

How far did they go?

“The midrash explains that if the midwives saw poor women, they would go and collect food and water from the houses of wealthy women, which they gave to the poor ones, thus enabling them to provide for their children.”


Pharoah did not only use fear tactics against the Jewish women, to get them to kill all the boys (imagine how extreme this is) at his command.

He also tried to seduce them.

This too is learned from Verse 17: “‘[The midwives] did not do as the king of Egypt had spoken to them [aleihen]’ instead of as he ‘told them [lahen],’ implying that he wanted to engage in intercourse with them (la-vo aleihen), but they refused his advances (BT Sotah 11b).”

In other words, the grammar here is “off” for a reason – typically the Hebrew expression would be that Pharoah “told to them” “lahen” to do something. However the word “aleihen” is used, which is typically found as an entreaty of another kind.

This type of behavior is a classic pattern associated with sex trafficking. A male pretends to be a girl’s “boyfriend,” seduces her, and from there she is subjected to his will. …

In his effort to get the Jewish women to kill their own, Pharoah used information from occult sources (“secrets of the birth process”). Understand that he was using scientific information of the time. …

Pharoah in his evil was no different than NPR pushing “partial birth abortion.”

It is all the same thing. …

Now we better understand God’s acts of retribution against the Egyptians, among them: “God ordered Aaron to touch the River Nile with his staff – and the waters were turned to blood.” …

As well, not only was Moses successful in liberating the Jews under God’s Divine intervention, but “the killing of the first-born stands out from all the other plagues as Divine retribution directed toward Pharaoh and all of Egypt.” …

In short, know that all their evil will be repaid, in full, very visibly.


By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.