Joseph and his Brothers

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Two old ladies meet up after a hiatus of 50 years. "You wouldn't believe it," one later recounted to a grandchild, "but Millie swore that I didn’t look a day older than when she’d seen me last!" "What did you say to her?" &qu...
For Joseph’s dreams to be fulfilled, Jacob had to mourn the loss of his beloved son for twenty-two years, and Joseph had to experience slavery and incarceration, and his brothers anguished remorse, for that same period. Why was it so important that Jacob ...
Yosef has his cup placed in the sack of Binyamin
Chp. 43 verses 25 -34 chp. 44 verses 1 - 17; The brothers prepare for their meal with Yosef. He sees Binyamin and is moved to tears. He eats and drinks with his brothers. Chp. 44 He has his attendant place his silver cup in the sack of Binyamin. The broth...
Yaakov is forced to send his sons back to Egypt for food
Chp. 43 verses 1 -24: The famine continues and Yaakov is forced to send his sons back to Egypt for food. Yehuda tells his father that he will personally guarantee Binyamin's safety. Yaakov sends his eleven sons with money and gifts for the viceroy. They c...
Yosef Sends the Brothers Back Home to Bring Binyamin
Ch. 42 verses 24-38: Yosef sends the brothers home to Canaan with sacks of grain. He keeps Shimon as a prisoner until they return with Binyamin, however he releases him as soon as they leave. On the way home Levi finds the money that he payed for his grai...
Yaakov Sends Ten of His Sons to Egypt to Buy Grain
Ch. 42 verses 1-23: Yaakov sends 10 of his sons to Egypt to buy grain. They go there with the intent of locating Yosef and freeing him. Yosef, the viceroy recognizes them but they do not recognize him. He accuses them of being spies and puts them in jail ...
Not much has changed in 3,600 years...
Why did they find it so very difficult to accept the guidance of a mystic brother, yet so easy to be subservient to a foreign Pharaoh?
Parshat Mikeitz
Imagine if we were able to take a half an hour out of our day and just sit and relax, completely guilt free. And yet, for eight straight days this is exactly what we are commanded to do...
From the rivalry between Leah and Rachel, through the animosity between Joseph and his brothers, the clash between Saul and David, the split between Judah and Israel, to the dual nature of the messianic redemption—a rift and twinship that extends across h...
Joseph Prepares For His Brothers’ Arrival, The Harsh Reception, The Changed Brothers
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