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Pashas Mikeitz 5771: Actions towards repentance

Yosef’s actions towards his brothers are designed to help them do teshuvah for their actions against him How does he do this?

This weeks Parsha: Mikeitz Bereishis (Genesis) 41:1-44:17

From Midrash d’Rav Alshich

The five ways the brothers sinned against Yosef are:
1) They had been guilty of hating Yosef and speaking to him hatefully
2) They had plotted to kill him by setting wild dogs on him
3) They had thrown him in a pit
4) They had sold him, an innocent person, into slavery
5) They had caused grief to their father.

In return Yosef’s actions were to highlight these sins and offer atonement for them
1) Yosef spoke harshly to them when they met
2) Since they had tried to kill him without layign a hand on them Yosef accussed them of being spies for which they would have been executed by a court without him touching them
3) Since it had been Shimon who suggested they throw Yosef into the pit, Yosef imprisoned shimon
4) Since they had sold him into slavery, normally a punishment for theft, he accussed them of the theft of the golden goblet so they would know what it is like to be unjustly accussed of the theft
5) the pain and the brother’s grief over the possible enslavement of Benyamin was to highlight the grief of their father when they told him Yosef had died.

November 30, 2010 - Posted by | Parshah, Torah | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. The Rambam holds that in order to make Tikkun for an Averah you must be in the situation where you can do the Averah, and while in that situation not commit the sin.
    So Yosef put his brothers in the situation where they would probably sin again, if they didn’t he would know that they did Teshuva.

    Comment by Rav Modrechai | December 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. Was my answer correct?

    Comment by Rav Modrechai | December 6, 2010 | Reply

    • It basically stated the reason why Yosef put them trhough the torment he did, but didn’t address the specifics of what he did and what the purpose of each action was.

      Comment by marc | December 8, 2010 | Reply

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