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Rashi on verse מקץ מ"א נ"ה) ותרעב כל ארץ מצרים) says (based on Midrash Tanchuma) that the Egyptians did store food, but their food all rotted, and only Yosef's food remained. The Egyptians were therefore forced to buy all their grain from Yosef.


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The Egyptians always stored grain, but not for humans. Those grains were for the gods only and they never shared it, not even in times of famine. Interestingly, if you compare them to the Incas, the Incas always shared their foods to the commoner, especially during a famine. Similarly, Yosef also shared food. But since the Egyptians "gods" were greedy, it ...


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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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I also seem to remember something along those lines, but I only found sources connecting the sale to Yom Kippur (and not even an actual midrash): Rambam in Moreh Nevochim (pt. 3, ch. 46): אבל החכמים ז"ל עשו טעם אחידות כפרת ציבור בשעירים, בגלל חטאת כל עדת ישראל בראשונה בשעיר עזים, כוונתם על מכירת יוסף הצדיק שבפרשתו נאמר וישחטו שעיר עזים וגו' The ...


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In this particular case, we see that Yosef did not want to swear as his father asked, because he wanted to say that he would do all that he could himself. While normally he should only have sworn to ask Par'o for permission to bury Yaakov, Yaakov knew that only an absolute oath given in the full sense (just as Eliezer swore to Avraham) could have allowed the ...


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Rashi Breishis chapter 39, 1 ויוסף הורד AND JOSEPH WAS BROUGHT DOWN — It (Scripture) now reverts to the original subject (and consequently it states ויוסף הורד “Joseph had been brought down to Egypt” before the events last mentioned); it interrupted it only in order to connect the account of the degradation of Judah (Genesis 38:1) with that of the sale of ...


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This comes from Bereishit Rabbah 85:2, quoted by Rashi to Bereishit 39:1.


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