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I just discovered that many Rishonim address this question. For example: Tosafos to Taanis 11a s.v. אסור לאדם אסור לאדם לשמש מטתו בשני רעבון - ואם תאמר הרי יוכבד נולדה בין החומות ואותו העת עת רעב היה וע"כ שימשו מטותיהן בשני רעבון ויש לומר דלכ"ע לא הוי אסור אלא למי שרוצה לנהוג עצמו בחסידות ויוסף לא שימש אבל שאר בני אדם שימשו If you ask, Yocheved, who ...


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Tosafot Yom Tov Ta'anit 2:9 ובאמת שאין הכרע מדברי המשנה והפוסקים שיש הפסק ביניהם דהא לא תנן אלא עברו אלו ולא נענו דמשמע מיד שעברו ולא נענו גוזרים כו'. אלא דסברא הוא דמסתמא ממתינין קצת ומצפין לתשועה.‏ In truth, there is no way of telling from the Mishnah or the poskim that there would be a break between them [the two sets of three fasts], as all ...


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Read it carefully and also read Mishna 2:9. They declare batches of Monday-Thursday-Monday fasts. If it rains, then they immediately stop the Monday-Thursday-Monday fasting and do the "thanksgiving ceremony" described in Mishna 3:9. If, after the current Monday-Thursday-Monday batch it hasn't rained, then they immediately declare the next batch of Monday-...


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Yaakov's family wasn't subject to the famine. He had plenty of money and was in the process of purchasing grain, which was for sale to the public, from Egypt when Joseph revealed himself. Perhaps if he had no more money or grain was no longer for sale it would have been forbidden. Furthermore, there are commentators who posit that Yaakov miraculously had ...


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In parshat Miketz, the example of the lack of food is shown in the poor harvest of grain (the common translation of "corn" doesn't refer to the New World grain corn (maize) but rather any grain, or sometimes specific local grains). Grain is the staple food for people in those times. If grain is all that is missing, sure, you can eat other things. But ...


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