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In addition to the other excellent answers, Yosef would also be motivated to know if these were the same men who sold him into slavery out of envy. Knowing that at this point his youngest full brother would most likely be the favorite of their father, he shows great favor to that one (with a greater portion of food at dinner) and sees no jealousy, and then ...


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However, afterwards, when the goblet had been discovered in the travel bag of Binyamin, they no longer mentioned the death penalty but offered themselves collectively as slaves to Joseph [Tur HaAroch, Genesis 44:9 - I believe this is in reference to Genesis 44:16] https://www.sefaria.org/Tur_HaAroch%2C_Genesis.44.9?lang=bi ויאמר יהודה מה־נאמר לאדני מה־...


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The term HaIvrim does not mean the descendants of Ever but refers to the meaning assigned to Avraham. That is he was on one side (עבר אחד) while the rest of the world was on the other side. As an example, this is explained by Rabbi Daniel Lapin Which makes the oldest and most venerable name for Jews also significant and meaningful. The name Hebrew, ...


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