In the portion this week, Joseph executes the plan to save both Egypt and the Jewish people. During the years of famine, people buy grain out of the stores into which they contributed until they have no more money. Then Joseph allows them to “buy” the grain by giving their land back to Pharaoh.
By the end of the famine, all the land (except that owned by the Egyptian priests) is owned by Pharaoh.
Some people say this set the stage for the slavery at the opening of Exodus. Regardless, it’s pretty clear that Joseph’s plan to save people came at a high cost.
So, limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring a food which “takes more than it gives”.
Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.