The entire story of Joseph, which spans three parshiyot in the latter third of the Book of Genesis, centers around dreams: their interpretation and the actions that interpretation then inspires. This week, we read the second portion in that series, Mikeitz.
"Your sons and daughters shal prophesy; your elders shall dream dreams, and your youth shall see visions (Joel 3:1). ... According to Joel, dreams and visions will accompany a sudden transition our of hardship and oppression. In his day, the Jewish people were toggled between the rulership of societies more powerful than us. In Parashat Mikeitz, we imagine that Joseph feels a hopelessness brought about by a similar subjegation.