"(8) And Joseph recognised his brothers but they did not recognise him. (9) And Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamt about them. And he said to them, ‘you are spies’, you have come to survey the vulnerability of the land." (Bereishit 42:8-9)
There are many thematic connections between the story of Joseph, which we read in shul on Shabbat during the period of Chanukah, and the festival of Chanukah itself. One episode in particular reflects the very essence of Chanukah and contains a stunningly beautiful message for our times.