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Even though the famine ended when Yaakov gave the bracha to Par'o (Ramban) they still needed food during the growing season and they needed seeds to plant for the new season. Up until now, the famine had been so severe that they could not even manage a seed stock. Thus, had Yosef not provided another growing season worth of food, they would have starved. Had ...


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Trop marks are traditionally always placed on the accented syllable EXCEPT Yetiv and Telisha Gedola which are always on the first letter, and Telisha Ketana, Pashta, Zarka, and Segol which are always on the last letter. In those words, you have to just know where the accent goes. (Many printers nowadays print a second trop mark on the accented syllable in ...


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That word is always pronounced with emphasis on the second-to-last syllable (mil'el) and is past tense. (If it had a prefixed vav and were mil'ra (emphasis on the last syllable), it'd be future tense. Maybe that's what you're thinking of.) The segol cantillation mark is always written on the last letter. Most copies of Chumash follow the standard practice ...


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Matt's answer is most complete. Allow me to take a different angle building on a dvar Torah I wrote in honor of my older son's bar mitsva this shabbat. I think the reason Yosef causes so much anguish to his family is to get to one thing. He knew he and his brothers would be the fathers of the entire Jewish people, that all Jews would inherit their traits of ...


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I'm afraid you mistranslated a word: "בם" means "among them" not "among you" and is referencing Joseph's brothers who were already presented to Pharaoh in the preceding verses and who were still young enough to act as shepherds. Jacob by then was quite old as is noted by Pharaoh himself when he meets him and as is suggested by the Midrashim on those verses. ...


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The Pshat of the words are that although at first Yaacov didn't believe that Yosef was still alive and even a ruler, he saw many wagons arrive that did not originate from him and were obviously being sent from elsewhere. This opened his mind to the idea and he let it sink in. Chazal are saying that in these words Agalos there is a hint to something else ...


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Rabbi Weinreb discusses the question and asks what is is about egla arufa that causes Rashi to make the connection to the wagons. Is it only a word play and what would be the message that Yosef is trying to convey? Rabbi Weinreb explains that the message that Yoseph conveyed with these wagons was that he had learned the lesson of personal responsibility for ...


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According to the Maharal in Netzach Yisroel (35), Yosef being in Mitzraim is a precursor to the concept of the ten lost tribes. The Maharal explains that when there is a Gezeira to be hidden you can't outsmart it. Mitzraim is not that far from Eretz Yisroel that they should naturally remain unaware on the newly appointed foreigner. We can take this in two ...


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The Bechor Shor (36:26, 42:7) writes that when the brothers decided to sell Yosef instead of killing him, they did so on condition that he swear to them that he never reveal to their father how he landed up into slavery, and so Yosef didn't say anything because he was bound by this promise. Yosef thought that his brothers would also never tell their father ...



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