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Parshas Mishpatim 5771: Parsha Q&A “Before them”

לפניהם “before them”- what is the significance of this word in the opening line of this week’s Parsha?

This weeks Parsha: Mishpatim Shmot (Exodus) 21:1-24:18

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January 24, 2011 Posted by | Torah | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Parshas Vayigash 5771: Different undertakings

Why did Yosef tell the brother’s he would support them in Egypt, but Pharoah
immediately sent gifts and wagon loads of goods and stated they would be supported with the best of Egypt?

This weeks Parshah: Vayigash Bereishis (Genesis) 44:18-47:27

December 8, 2010 Posted by | Torah | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pashas Mikeitz 5771: Actions towards repentance

QUESTION
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

Answer
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 | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments