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Supplemental to the answer, above, that lists the specific years, here's the general scenario: The months of Cheshvan and Kislev can have either 29 or 30 days, each, and there are 3 configurations. To understand when and why they occur, see this Wikipedia article. Briefly, if the 1st day of Rosh Hashannah occurs on Shabbat, and the year is "deficient", ...


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According to the meforshim (Rashi, Rabbi Munk, Rav Hirsch, etc.) Shimon's status was that of "honored hostage". An example of this status can be seen from the history of the Roman empire. The hostages were treated as honored "guests" with the status of the nobility, except they could not leave. It is not the same as a prisoner. One of the Ohr Sameach ...


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The Mizrachi (44:20) suggests that they said Yosef was missing when they first met him, but they said, when they next met him (with the gift of fruit), that he'd died. The Gur Arye (44:20) suggests that by "dead" they meant "missing, presumed dead" (but they still sought him).


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Imrei Baruch says the following answers to your question. A: Chuzkuni - The brothers drank since at that moment there was no Gezaira yet for Stam Yainom. B: Medrosh Talpios: They drank out of "Aimas Hamalchus" C: He goes on to say that the brothers considered themselves as Bnai Noach and thus together with "Aimas Hamalchus" felt it was the proper thing to ...


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Note that it says in 43:32 it says וַיָּשִׂימוּ לוֹ לְבַדּוֹ וְלָהֶם לְבַדָּם וְלַמִּצְרִים הָאֹכְלִים אִתּוֹ לְבַדָּם כִּי לֹא יוּכְלוּן הַמִּצְרִים לֶאֱכֹל אֶת הָעִבְרִים לֶחֶם כִּי תוֹעֵבָה הִוא לְמִצְרָיִם: And they set for him separately and for them separately, and for the Egyptians who ate with him separately, because the Egyptians could not ...


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It might very well have been beer.


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In Kovetz Sichos vol. 2 R' Nosson Meir Wachtfogel explains as follows: A dream's meaning depends on its interpretation (Berachos 55b). A positive interpretation yields a positive fulfillment, and the same with a negative interpretation. When Pharaoh's advisors offered him interpretations, he rejected them because they were undesirable, and so he insisted ...


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Actually, Miketz does not always fall out on Chanukah. It appears that whoever told me that was mistaken. :) I ran some code (using my JavaScript Hebcal API) and discovered that in the 100 years from 5700-5800, Miketz is not on Chanukah 10 times. In 5703, 5706, 5710, 5730, 5733, 5737, 5757, 5761, 5781, and 5784, Miketz fell out on the 4th of Tevet, just ...


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I heard the following approach from R' Rivlin, Mashgiach of Kerem b'Yavneh. Pharaoh was looking for more than just a clever interpretation based on the art of dream interpretation - he was looking for an interpreter who showed himself to know what the dream was and meant. Pharaoh made slight changes in his relating of the dream, and Yosef identified this ...


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The Y'fe Soar (commentary to the Midrash Raba 89:6) explains that Pharaoh saw the interpretation of the dream in the dream itself but forgot it. Since this interpretation didn't remind him of the one he'd seen, he knew it was wrong. Y'de Moshe (commentary to the Midrash Raba there) explains that this interpretation didn't fit the dream very well, to ...


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Here's my take on it. Pharaoh wasn't satisfied with a prophecy of "you'll have seven daughters and they'll all die" because he didn't want them to die, for obvious reasons. Also, as Matt commented, his dream was about grain, and that has nothing to do with his daughters. Yosef's interpretation fits with both options. For the second, that is about grain and ...


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Rabeinu Avraham Ben HaRambam, in explaining why Reuvein didn't tell Yaakov (since Reuvein wasn't in on the sale), suggest in one answer that Reuvein didn't tell for the same reason that Yosef didn't - he wanted to see how Divine Providence would play out. This is particularly applicable to Yosef, who has just seen his one attempt at hishtadlus (telling the ...


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Rav Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht ZT"L (Rosh Yeshiva of Kerem B'Yavneh) had an interesting explanation. For 20 years he was bothered by the question - for years, Yosef served as viceroy of Egypt, and sent no message to his father to tell him he was alive, and made no attempt to contact him. Why not? He gave the following explanation: Yosef thought that his ...



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