In Bereshit 39 - end of parshat Vayeishev - the Torah keeps using the word ויהי. In 23 verses, there are 15 times the word ויהי repeated.
Is there a significance of the ויהי repetition, over and over, in this Chapter?
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Gemara Megillah (10b) is the source of the concept you mention, saying
אמר רבי לוי ואיתימא רבי יונתן דבר זה מסורת בידינו מאנשי כנסת הגדולה כל מקום שנאמר ויהי אינו אלא לשון צער - we have a mesorah that any mention of the word "Vayehi" is a reference to pain.
The Alshich (39:2) seems to address your point explaining each "Vayehi" throughout the passage where it was a painful situation on many levels, whether for Yosef himself being in Egypt or Hashem remainaing with Yosef during that time, which was a "painful" lack of honor for Hashem.