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The "birthright" as used here that went to Yoseph is the "double portion". The Artscroll commentary on Reuven cites Targum Yonasan as pointing out that there were three items that had been originally given to the first born. Rashi says: you do not deserve to serve in the superior positions that were designated for you. Targum Yonatan says: But ...


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The Meshech Chochma to that verse writes that Hashem went to great lengths to make it clear that the Jewish people were not mindless followers of Moshe and Aharon. Therefore, the Torah identifies that there were a series of detractors who questioned Moshe at every step of the way. The Torah mentions right here, at the beginning of the confrontation with ...



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