The Parshiot about Joseph always fall right before or during Chanukkah. It their a relationship between the Joseph stories and the Chanukkah stories? It there something to be learned from the fact that they are so closely linked together?
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Rabbi J B Soloveitchik writes that "Joseph wanted to be powerful in a political sense, to attain wealth and prosperity, .....; but he also wanted to be great spiritually, to be loved .... by people because of the greatness of his wisdom and his kindness."
"Apparently, Joseph thought that he could combine both. This is the meaning of the ketonet ha-passim—multicolored, not monochromatic, not one monotonous color."
"That synthesis is exactly what the Hasmoneans stood for. They were excellent warriors, but the very moment they laid down their swords, their interests centered around kedushah, holiness, around the oil for the menorah which burned in the Temple, of “purification of the entire Temple and the dedication of the altar” (II Macc. 2:19)."
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