Thursday, December 14, 2006

Two Years Later - An Answer

(Picture by Manlio Balestrini)

Over two years ago, I asked this question on something that bothered me in the parsha.

This morning, I came across an explanation in Chok L'Yisroel (citing Tanchuma 2 and Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer 38) on Rashi's comment that finally helped me understand. It stated:

Hashem agreed to go along with the brothers' agreement for three reasons:

1) Had Yaakov known that Yosef was really alive, Yaakov would have bought back Yosef and not have gone down to sojourn in Egypt, and consequently, the Divine will of (Bereishis 15:13), "Know for sure, that your offspring will be strangers in a land that it is not theirs" would not have been fulfilled;

2) Yaakov might have cursed Yosef's brothers for what they had done, and they would not have numerous offspring, whereas Hashem wished them to multiply; and

3) Hashem wished to separate Yaakov from his son Yosef for 22 years, just as Yaakov himself had avoidably stayed away from his own father, Yitzchak, for exactly that period of time.

UPDATE: See the latest posting on Heichal HaNegina which addresses the third reason listed above.

5 Comments:

At December 14, 2006 at 10:00:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting that you found your answer in pirkei d'rabi eliezer and the first comment to your question a year ago was an anecdote about rabi eliezer, no ?

 
At December 14, 2006 at 10:02:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Yitz: Yes, but I am just A Simple Jew and sometimes I don't see things right under my nose.

 
At December 14, 2006 at 2:40:00 PM EST, Blogger yitz said...

3) Hashem wished to separate Yaakov from his son Yosef for 22 years, just as Yaakov himself had avoidably stayed away from his own father, Yitzchak, for exactly that period of time.
(This is "yitz" without the dots posting). This is no simple matter, for didn't Yitzchak & Rivka send Yaakov to Lavan, so he actually was away from his father at his father's bidding & thereby doing the mitzva of kibud Av v'Em! Answer coming soon in my second post, in honor of my father's yahrzeit which was today. Part One, a [somewhat] humorous post, is already up!

 
At December 15, 2006 at 6:09:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

I am looking forward to seeing your answer, Yitz!

 
At December 17, 2006 at 4:51:00 AM EST, Blogger yitz said...

Your readers can find it by clicking on your "Update" of this post. Thanks for the link!

 

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