Is there any significance to Yosef's goblet aside from being a prop used to show Yosef's powers and frame the brothers? It seems to be mentioned a lot in the Torah throughout the parsha (especially in Bereishis 44) that it should have some sort of story behind it.

  • I am unsure what you mean when you say "powers" ,I assumed you meant control and not what I wrote in my answer. – sam Dec 9 '18 at 2:00

According to the Malbim 44:15 Yosef accuses them of stealing the goblet due to its divination powers . So Yosef makes the claim to the brothers that they are only returning the first money because Yosef has a special goblet he uses to find things out ,and now they steal the goblet and the second money so Yosef will not be able to use his goblet to figure it out.

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  • There are commentators such as Rabbi Foreman that claim the incident is meant to mirror the experience of Yaakov et. al. leaving Lavan's home with the goblet standing in for the traphim – Josh K Dec 9 '18 at 4:40

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