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And Israel their father said to them: ………………and carry down to the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spicery and ladanum, nuts, and almond." (43:11)

Jacob had now agreed to allow his sons to return to Egypt in order to purchase food during the…

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Let us not forget

When Yoseph names his first son Menashe, the Torah tells us that it was as a reminder that Hashem had "caused him to forget his father" (Genesis 41:51). Usually, when a name is given in the Torah, it is an expression of thanks to G-d; here it seems that the…

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Life begins at 30

In perek 41 pasuk 46 we are informed that ‘Yosef was thirty years of age when he stood before Pharaoh’ (and successfully interpreted Pharaoh’s dream). The Torah is not a storybook; it does not tell us details that are unimportant. So why is Yosef’s age an important thing for us…

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Parashas Mikeitz – Recognising the Source

This week's sedra starts with the words “It happened at the end of two years to the day” [41:1] … that Pharaoh had his famous dream. What the Torah is really trying to tell us here is that exactly two years after the butler was freed from prison, Yoseph was…

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Smile for the redepmtion flash

We are told that when Pharaoh asked for Yosef to be taken out of prison to interpret his dreams, they ‘quickly’ brought Yosef out (41:14). Why do we need to know that Yosef was granted his freedom so speedily? The Chofetz Chaim answers with two points. Firstly, it’s important to…

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