After Yosef revealed himself to his brothers, did the brothers ever ask for Yosef's forgiveness for having sold him into slavery? And did Yosef ever formally forgive them? I'm looking for chapter and verse that uses the term "forgive."

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    Is this a riddle - i.e. you know of such a chapter and verse and are presenting a challenge to find it? If so, that's discouraged. If not, and if this is indeed an "intriguing question," why are you asking for chapter and verse? If it was explicitly recorded in Tanach, there wouldn't be much intrigue to it, would there?
    – Isaac Moses
    Jan 29, 2013 at 18:04
  • Rabbi Emanuel says the answer will be in next week's magazine. Jan 29, 2013 at 21:50
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    In that case, I'd recommend that you wait until next week's magazine, see what he answers, and post a question here if you believe that something's missing or that there may be alternative answers.
    – Isaac Moses
    Jan 29, 2013 at 22:29
  • @BruceJames, did he publish an answer? Apr 7, 2013 at 21:31
  • @MonicaCellio Yes, see the comment to Menachem's answer. Apr 8, 2013 at 17:13

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  • Were they killed because of the brothers' sin being so horrible he couldn't forgive them, or were they killed because Yosef sinned by refusing to forgive them?
    – Seth J
    Jan 30, 2013 at 2:10
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    @SethJ: My understanding is that because Yosef never forgave them, the sin was never wiped away and atonement was still needed.
    – Menachem
    Jan 30, 2013 at 2:14
  • Your answer is the same as Rabbi Feldman's, published in Mishpacha Feb. 4, 2013 mishpacha.com/Browse/Article/2928/The-Ten-Most-Answers -- Best answer! Apr 8, 2013 at 17:12

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