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1)

How could Yosef be so ready to go to his brothers, knowing how much they hated him?

1.

Rashi: This is the mark of humility displayed by Tzadikim, who are keen to carry out the will of Hashem 1 or of their parents at a moment's notice, circumstances notwithstanding. 2


1

As did Avraham (See Rashi, Bereishis 22:1).

2

Refer to 37:14:2:2.

2)

What are the ramifications of Yosef's reply "Hineini!"?

1.

Oznayim la'Torah: It can be compared to the "Hineini" of Moshe at the Burning Bush, which the Midrash inyterprets as "le'Malchus ve'li'Kehunah'. Here too, Yosef unknowingly declared 'Hineini le'Malchus!'


1

See Oznayim la'Torah

3)

Seeing as the brothers took it in turn to serve their father, why was it necessary to send Yosef to msake enquiries?

1.

Oznayim la'Torah: Because knowing that they were lax in looking after the sheep, 1 the only one Ya'akov could trust regarding news of the sheep 2 was Yosef .


1

Refer to 37:12:1:1.

2

Oznayim la'Torah: And he only added "es Sh'lom Achecha" by the way.

4)

How could Ya'akov send Yosef to his brothers, knowing how much they hated him?

1.

Moshav Zekenim #1 (14), Rosh (15), Hadar Zekenim: Ya'akov thought that it is a Safek if the brothers will harm him, but if the brothers delay in Sh'chemi, Nochrim will definitely kill them 1 to avenge the destruction of Sh'chemi. It is better to tell the brothers to return, even though there is a risk to Yosef.

2.

Moshav Zekenim #2 and Rosh: The brothers would believe only Yosef - if their father sent his favorite son (surely he was adamant that they leave).

3.

Hashem caused Ya'akov to do so. Refer to 37:14:2:1*.


1

Based on the principle "Ein Safek Motzi mi'Yedei Vaday'.

5)

רש"י: לשון ענוה וזריזות: אולי זה רק לשון עניה על שאלה?

1.

גור אריה: אביו כבר אמר לו "הלא אחיך רועים", זאת אומרת שהוא כבר דיבר אתו ולכן אין לפרש 'הנני' מלשון ענייה. 1


1

נראה שיש 'הנני' שמשמעותו ענייה על קריאה בתחילת הדיבור, וכאן שלא על כך מדובר, הוצרך רש"י לפרש "לשון ענוה וזריזות".

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