Parsha Q&A - Vayigash
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- Why did Yehuda say his missing brother died?
- Why did Yosef send everyone away before revealing his identity to his brothers?
- Why did Binyamin weep on Yosef's neck?
- Where did Pharaoh offer to settle Yaakov and his family?
- Why did Yosef send old wine to Yaakov?
- What did Yosef mean when he told his brothers "Don't dispute along the way?"
- What was the last subject Yaakov taught Yosef before Yosef was sold?
- Why did Hashem tell Yaakov, "Do not fear going down to Egypt" (46:9)?
- Hashem told Yaakov that He would bring him out of Egypt (46:4). To what did this allude?
- What happened to the property that Yaakov acquired in Padan Aram?
- Name Yaakov's two granddaughters.
- Shaul ben HaCanaanis is listed as one of Shimon's sons. Who was his mother?
- Where was Yocheved born?
- Yosef himself harnessed his own chariot, instead of letting a servant do it. Why?
- What did Yaakov do when Yosef appeared before him?
- Why were shepherds an abomination in the eyes of the Egyptians?
- What blessing did Yaakov give Pharaoh when he left his presence?
- How many years did the famine last in Egypt?
- Yosef resettled the land of Egypt, forcing the inhabitants to move from city to city. What were his two motives for doing so?
- Who were the kohanim whose fields were not bought by Yosef (47:22)?
|Last week we read that Yehuda said: "Behold, we are slaves
to my lord; we, as well as the person in whose hand the goblet
was found." Yosef replied: "G-d forbid I should
do such a thing! Only the person in whose hand the goblet was
found shall be my slave'."
This week we read:"And Yehuda approached'."(44:16-18)
Yehuda first offers all the brothers - including Binyamin - as slaves. But when Yosef declares his intention to free all of them except Binyamin, Yehuda protests, even speaking harshly. What accounts for this change in Yehuda's attitude?
All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated
- 44:20 - Yehuda was afraid that if he said that his missing brother was alive, Yosef would demand that he be brought to Egypt.
- 45:1 - He didn't want his brothers to be shamed publicly.
- 45:14 - Binyamin wept for the destruction of Mishkan Shilo built in Yosef's territory.
- 45:17 - In Goshen.
- 45:23 - Elderly people appreciate old wine.
- 45:24 - He warned that if they engage in halachic disputesthey might not be alert to possible travel dangers.
- 45:27 - The laws of the eglah arufa (the calf that has its neck broken).
- 46:3 - Because Yaakov was grieved to leave Eretz Canaan.
- 46:4 - That Yaakov would be buried in Eretz Canaan.
- 46:6 - He gave it to Esav in exchange for Esav's portion in the Cave of Machpelah.
- 46:7 - Serach bas Asher and Yocheved bas Levi.
- 46:10 - Dina bas Yaakov.
- 46:15 - Yocheved was born in Egypt.
- 46:29 - Yosef wanted to hasten to honor his father.
- 46:29 - He recited the Shema.
- 46:34 - Because the Egyptians worshipped sheep.
- 47:10 - That the waters of the Nile should rise to greet Pharaoh when he approached the river.
- 47:19 - Two years.
- 47:21 - In order to remind them that they no longer owned the land, and to help his family by removing the stigma of being 'strangers.'
- 47:22 - Egyptian priests.
|At first, Yehuda thought Hashem was punishing the brothers for
their part in selling Yosef 22 years earlier. He reasoned that
although Binyamin took no part in that sin, yet he was nonetheless
included in the punishment being part of the group. Seeing Yosef's
actions as part of a Heavenly decree, Yehuda felt intervention
But when Yosef declared his intention to free everyone except
for the innocent Binyamin, Yehuda realized Yosef's actions could
not possibly be the result of a Heavenly decree, but rather were
a direct result of Yosef's free will. Therefore, Yehuda took action.
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