Bucking the trend Yosef Vs. Chartumei Mitzrayim Throughout their long exile, Jews have been outsiders in their societies. Joseph was one of the first Jews to be in exile. He was an outsider in Egyptian society. Let’s examine the role of the outsider and how Joseph leveraged that role to become who he became. First of all, Joseph’s dreamtelling abilities were competing with the Chartumei Mitzrayim or the necromancers of Egypt. Joseph’s dream telling abilities come up against the chartumei mitzrayim. Who are these chartumei mitzrayim? What makes them influential? Why do they fail at interpreting Pharoh’s dreams? Why does Joseph succeed? The chartumei mitzrayim were a group of necromancers. Necromancy is a claimed form of magic including communication with the deceased. The necromancers of Egypt had the ability to communicate with the deceased. Pharaoh summons them to interpret his dreams and despite all of their magic, they are unable to. I propose that the reason that they are unable to understand his dreams is because they are in a state of Groupthink. Groupthink is a state where people have compromised their decision making capabilities in order to remain more harmonious with each other. By doing this they have ruled out other alternative possibly good solutions to their problem. The chartumei mitzrayim,subject to groupthink try to interpret Pharoah’s dreams but are unable to. Joseph plays the role of outsider to provide an alternative and correct interpretation to Pharaoh’s dreams.