Sometimes you find a pshat that turns everything you thought you knew about a story on it’s head. Here, I refer to the strange dreams of Pharoah in this past week’s Parsha. Pharoah tells Yosef that he dreams of seven skinny cows eating seven fat cows, and then that he saw seven unhealthy stalks of grain eating seven healthy ones. I always assumed that the fact that cows don’t eat cows, and grain doesn’t eat at all, was not a problem. After all, this was a dream.
However, several commentaries, both classic and modern, challenge this interpretation. Continue reading Did the Skinny Cows Really Eat the Fat Ones?