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MiKetz - Selections from Rabbi Baruch Epstein

MiKetz - Selections from Rabbi Baruch Epstein

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12/27/2010

 
PARSHAS MIKETZ SELECTIONS
From Rabbi Baruch HaLevi Epstein
YOSEF KNEW THE 70 LANGUAGES
דמ ,אמ תישארביאִ םירִיָ-אלֹ ךָידֶעָלְבִו הֹרְפַ ינִאֲ ףסֵי-לאֶ הֹרְַ רמֶאֹַ םרָצְמִ ץרֶאֶ-לכָְ לגְרַ-תאֶְ דיָ-תאֶ ב/ל ףד הטסהרפ ל רמאש השב ןנחי יבר רמא אבא רב אייח ר"אדב הרפ ינינגטציא רמא 'ג די תא שיא םירי אל ךידלב ףסילהאר ינא תכלמ יננג ןהל רמא ניל הלישמת ףסכ םירשב בר חקלשןשל םיבש דמיל לאירבג אב ןשל םיבשב די אהי כ"א ל רמא ברמאנש דמל ה"בקה לש משמ תחא תא ל ףיסה רמגק הה אליתדי אל תפש םירצמ ץרא ל תאצב מש ףסהיב תד (א"פ םיליהת)משא
Clearly, the Gemara explains the end of the verse in Tehillim that “I did not know, I understand.” Andalso note that the verse in Tehillim begins and ends with an
ע
(numerical value of 70).
YOSEF RECOGNIZED THE BROTHERS, BUT THEY DID NOT RECOGNIZEHIM
ח ,במ תישארבוהרֻִהִ אלֹ םהֵְ יחָאֶ-תאֶ ףסֵי רֵַַ א/חפ ףד תמביתמיתחב אב ןקז תמיתח אלב אציש דמלמ אדסח בר רמאןקז
Since the older brothers already had beards when Yosef last saw them, he was able to recognize them.However, when they last saw Yosef, he did not have a beard (too young) and now they did notrecognize him. Ramban asks what about the younger brothers, Yissachar and Zevulan who were practically the same age as Yosef, how did Yosef recognize them? First, since Yosef recognized theolder brothers and they came to him as a group, he was able to recognize all of them. Further, Yosef had the city guardians providing him with descriptions of all entering the city, and thus, he had moretime to adjust to recognize the brothers.
REUVEN OFFERS HIS TWO SONS
זל ,במ תישארבאלֹ-םאִ תימִָ ינַבָ ינֵְ-תאֶ רמֹאלֵ יבִ-לאֶ ןבֵוארְ רמֶאֹַ ךילֶאֵ ואֶיבִאֲ
We need to understand Reuven’s offer of his two sons to die if he does not fulfill his mission.We know (Bava Basra 118b) that Yeshoshua and Calev were called “alive” since they took the portionsof Eretz Yisrael from the spies, who were considered dead. Also, the one that becomes rich at theexpense of another is called be enlivened by the other.It is known that Yaacov set up for his children to inherit Eretz Yisrael (the 12 shvatim) to be explained inmore detail in Parshas VeYechi.www.parshapages.blogspot.com
 
PARSHAS MIKETZ SELECTIONS
From Rabbi Baruch HaLevi Epstein
Thus, Reuven offered that if he failed in his mission to return Binyomin safely, he would forfeit the meritof his two sons in the division of Eretz Yisrael. Therefore, this is what Reuven meant by offering hissons to be “dead”, meaning without land. Similarly, the ones that did receive a portion in EretzYisrael were called alive. (After many years Rabbi Epstein was in Pressburg, and was told that theChasam Sofer wrote this same explanation)www.parshapages.blogspot.com

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