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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hamaayan / The Torah Spring - Vayechi -

Hamaayan / The Torah Spring - Vayechi - "Behold! The people, the Children of Israel, are more numerous and stronger than we [literally: `from us'].' (1:9)

R' Shmuel di Ozeida z'l (16th century; author of Midrash Shmuel) explains that Pharaoh wanted to make his evil plot more palatable to the Egyptians. He said: 'All these years, Yosef ruled over us and protected his people while they multiplied and grew stronger. Who is to blame for this? We are; it is `from us'! Wouldn't we have shown sufficient gratitude to Yosef if we had just released him from jail, rather than appointing him to be the viceroy?"

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