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Why did Yaakov Avinu not ask G-d about where Yosef was?

Rashi on Bereishis 37:33 says חיה רעה אכלתהו - נתנצה בו רוח הקדש (ב"ר) סופו שתתגרה בו אשת פוטיפר ולמה לא גלה לו הקב"ה לפי שהחרימו וקללו את כל מי שיגלה ושתפו להקב"ה עמהם (תנחומא) אבל יצחק היה יודע ...
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Why not send a substitute for Benyamin (sources)?

Chizkuni 44:2 says that actually Yosef was unconvinced it was Binyamin and felt that perhaps it was a stranger from the street. Therefore he hid the goblet by Binyamin to see if the brothers will come ...
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Did Jacob ever figure out what the Brothers did to Joseph?

Ramban (Genesis 45:27) writes that according to the peshat, it does not appear that Yaakov ever found out what happened to Yosef: יראה לי על דרך הפשט שלא הוגד ליעקב כל ימיו כי אחיו מכרו את יוסף, ...
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Why did Yaakov Avinu not ask G-d about where Yosef was?

According to the Hazal, Yaakov lost his prophecy the entire time that Yosef was gone. The verse describing Jacob's reaction to being told that Joseph was alive (Gen. 45:27): וַתְּחִ֕י ר֖וּחַ ...
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Ber. 43 (33). Yosef seats the brothers in birth order. This could have revealed his identity prematurely?

The whole point is that they could not conceive of the idea that this was Yosef. They thought that he was capable of the magic powers of Egypt. Thus, when he framed them for stealing the magic cup ...
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Why did Pharaoh believe Joseph's dream interpretation?

I heard the following explanation from R' Rivlin, Mashgiach of Kerem B'Yavneh (although I'm sure it's found in earlier sources somewhere): Pharaoh had a dream in which there was a startling heretical ...
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Why is food in Parashat Miketz called shever

Food is not called shever, as production or benefit may be grain, despite that grain is not called production or benefit. See Rashi Genesis 41, 56: שבר לשון מכר ולשון קנין הוא, כאן משמש לשון ...
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Do any commentaries explain the charade that Yosef put the brothers through as done with bad intention?

Radak indeed does. He says that Yosef was trying to cause them emotional anguish without hurting them physically or monetarily (Bereishis 42:9,17;44:1).
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Why didn't Binyamin die?

Excellent question. Note that R' Yosef Ibn Caspi makes the connection between these two Pesukim as well (although he doesn't mention the same idea as Rashi, nor does he generally subscribe to similar ...
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Yossef's brothers - not learning from previous experience?

The Malbim 44:3 does note that Yosef was concerned that they would check their bags, so he decided to have their bags filled during the night and set them off in the early morning when they wouldn't ...
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Joseph and imprisoning his brothers - Is he changing his mind?

According to Rav Hirsch and others the entire setup (including the apparent change of mind) was part of his plan. Rav Hirsch points out that he did this to impress on them the seriousness of their ...
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Why is food in Parashat Miketz called shever

Note that there are meforshim who explain this as "goods food sold at retail". which is why Yosef is called hamashbir (the retail distributor) which is the name of a supermarket chain in Israel. That ...
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Dream interpreting - Why did Paroh need Yosef?

Medrash Hagodol - Mikeitz - page 625 says that Yosef asked Paroh how did he know that the advisors did not interpet the dream properly? Paroh told him that he saw the interpretation in the dream and ...
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When Yosef interprets Pharoah's dream, is he also trying to fulfill his own dream?

After a quick look through the Mefarshim (Bereishis 41:33), I don't believe any of them would hold like what you suggest. Almost all commentaries understand Yosef's suggestion to Pharaoh as part of ...
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Why did one brother find the money en route, and not the others?

The question becomes even more complex when we examine Ber. 43: 19-21: "So they drew near the man who was over Joseph's house, and they spoke to him at the entrance of the house. And they said, "...
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Significance of Yosef's Goblet

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 ...
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Discrepancy of word count in parashat mikets

Rav Avraham Meisels (of Montreal) writes in his Sefer "מטבע של אברהם" (pg. 172), after mentioning a few reasons given for the letter count appearing at the end of the parsha: אולם אני בעניי ...
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Why not send a substitute for Benyamin (sources)?

First of all, the brothers knew that they could not hide the "relationship" with a ringer. They had already shown this with Yosef, when they had been unable to act pleasantly after the dreams. ...
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Why is food in Parashat Miketz called shever

The Radak to 41:56 (and 42:19) harmonizes this by saying that the word שבר means the grains and the harvest bought at times of famine that “breaks” someone’s hunger.
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נַ֣חְנוּ נַעֲבֹ֧ר Is the Torah using slang

נַחְנוּ is likely the older form of אֲנַחְנוּ; the prosthetic אֲ was probably added by analogy with אֲנִי. According to Blau, if the aleph were original, it would have been vocalized with a qamas by ...
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Who was Joseph's steward?

Genesis 43, 16: And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slaughter a beast, and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon. ...
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Why did Pharaoh believe Joseph's dream interpretation?

"Let My Nation Descend" says that Paroh also dreamt and forgot the interpretation, and he was hoping that someone could jog his memory. He knew Yosef's was correct because he recognized it.
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How long was Shimon in prison?

According to Gen 43:2 and Gen 43:10, after returning from Egypt, the time taken before setting off back to Egypt was enough to go and return twice. If we take this literally, then from leaving Shim'on ...
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נַ֣חְנוּ נַעֲבֹ֧ר Is the Torah using slang

To answer one of your questions: The Meam Loez says (Matos, 32:32) that the absence of the alef implies that someone or something is not included in the "we". Therefore, not everyone would take part ...
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Is Asenath, the wife of Joseph, the illegitimate daughter of Dinah?

The source for the midrash is Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer, Chapter 38. The story is that when Dinah was raped by Shechem (Gen 34), she conceived and bore Asenath. Jacob made her an amulet and sent her away....
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Why assume Yosef would become viceroy

Rav Hirsch points out that from the viewpoint of the butler and baker, they were important officials. From the viewpoint of Par'o they were his servants. In this case, if Par'o had appointed Yosef as ...
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Why did one brother find the money en route, and not the others?

A couple of commentaries address this issue. Radak explains that Joseph deliberately had the money of all the other brothers hidden deep in their bags, so even though presumably everyone opened their ...
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Why did one brother find the money en route, and not the others?

The Malbim 42:25 explains that indeed for all the brothers he placed their amtachto (small bag) on the bottom of their saq (A large sack filled with grain. However, Yosef purposely placed Levi's ...
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Why mention the number of words in parshat mieketz

In ספר פני החמה by R. Moshe Gelbein (Kiryat Sefer, 5774), on pp. 53-54 this question is addressed - see the following image for the original wording (for those who don't have access to Otzar HaChochma)...
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if Yosef collected a 20 percent tax on the grain before the famine, what did Yosef later change about Egyptian taxation?

According to the R Avraham ben HaRambam, Yosef indeed wasn't acquiring a new power for Pharaoh, but rather through letting the people live on the land he was making the existing 20% power sufficiently ...
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