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Let's put aside all the midrashim for a moment. Pharaoh's officers are described as "sarisim." Ramban says that in fact, we don't know whether that always means "eunuch", or that because so many kings' officers were eunuchs in Biblical times that the Torah uses that word generically for a king's officers.
It would seem that at the time of Yosef's employment Potiphor was NOT a eunich based on the pasuk and Rashi Breshit Chapter 39 Pasuk 19 :וַיְהִי כִשְׁמֹעַ אֲדֹנָיו אֶת דִּבְרֵי אִשְׁתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר דִּבְּרָה אֵלָיו לֵאמֹר כַּדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה עָשָׂה לִי עַבְדֶּךָ וַיִּחַר אַפּוֹ Now it came about when his master heard his wife's report that she spoke to him, ...
פרקי דרבי אליעזר לז See here: http://he.wikisource.org/wiki/%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%A7%D7%99_%D7%93%D7%A8%D7%91%D7%99_%D7%90%D7%9C%D7%99%D7%A2%D7%96%D7%A8_%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%A7_%D7%9C%D7%97 And a slightly different version cited by R' Kasher: http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=51482&st=&pgnum=168
In Beraishis 41 (45) Osnat is mentioned as the daughter of Potifera. Rashi comments there on the change of name. He says: Poti-phera: He is Potiphar, but he was called Poti-phera because he became emasculated since he desired Joseph for homosexual relations. — [from Sotah 13b]. So we see that he was not emasculated until he desired Joseph.
Eliyahu Kitov in his Sefer HaParshiot writes the following: לא היה שבטי י-ה ראויים לאותו מעשה... אלא שיוסף גרם ומדעת גרם. בעל כרחם העמידם שונאים עליו. אכן עצת ה' זאת. כיון שזכה יוסף והיתה מעלתו כמעלת כל אחיו-אמר יוסף, הואיל ושקול אני כנגד כל אחי ואף אבא מחשבני כך- יבוא עלי כל מה שנגזור לבוא על בית אבא. גלות, שעבוד, עינוי, שבי וביזה הכל עלי ובי ...
Rabbi Shlomo Kluger explains that the gemara in Berachos teaches that the joy which is experienced as a result of having a good dream can suffice to act as its fulfilment, so that it will no longer actually come to pass. This is why Yosef related the dream to his brothers even though he knew that they would hate him for it, because if he did not tell them ...
It seems to me that Rashi wants to find the meaning of דבתם in the verse itself. This is what the idea of Pshat is. So he lists those three things, because they are in the verse. רעה את אחיו בצאן - he they were shepherds, and shepherds eat sheep, so he said they didn't wait until they were properly dead to eat them. את בני בלהה ואת בני זלפה נשי אביו - The ...
Rashi means that although they obstensively went to pasture their father's flock, the Torah hints to us that their main intention was to feed themselves. The Terumas Hadeshen in his sefer באורי מהרא"י explains as follows: We can explain that the logic behind this teaching is that although some words are dotted to teach us that there is hidden meaning, ...
The sefer Arvei Nachal on this parsha explains that a rise to power and wealth can sometimes lead to a person becoming arrogant and thus neglect his observance of Torah and mitzvos, and so the rise in fortune can be the cause of a person's downfall. But if Hashem makes a person powerful or wealthy as a reward for a mitzvah that he has done, then he can be ...
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