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The Medrash Rabbah (91:10) says on this verse: מעולם לא אמר יעקב אבינו דבר בטלה אלא כאן. The medrash does indeed consider this to be a remark unworthy of Yaakov (see the entire medrash for more detail). We might speculate that Yaakov said this because of his intense state of suffering for the loss of Yosef but the medrash does not accept this as an excuse.
The Vilna Gaon explains (full text here) that the reason why each set of cows are described with two descriptions is because there are two different types of famine - רעב and כפן. The former word refers to a time when the fields are not producing good produce, whereas the latter is when the fields are producing good produce but Hashem does not place in the ...
The sefer Binyan Ariel explains that since the gemara in Sotah implies that Pharaoh did know Hebrew (Loshon Hakodesh), it was not the language of the land of Canaan, and so they were safe in assuming that the interpreter also only understood the Canaan language (the language which they had been using to speak to Yosef) but not Hebrew. Therefore they were not ...
They had sheep (Beraishis 46:6) which can provide meat and milk, but apparently not for an indefinite amount of time (you milk at the expense of the next generation of sheep, etc.). I think that is what you have to say according to Rashi, who is very clear that all the bread was finished in the house.
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