hebrew
1)

Why was Reuven not present when they sold Yosef? Where had he been?

1.

Rashi #1: It was Reuven's turn to serve his father that day.

2.

Rashi #2 and Targum Yonasan: He was doing Teshuvah 1 for having switched the beds of Bilhah and Le'ah. 2


1

It says (Makos 23b) that Yehudah's admission about Tamar inspired Reuven to admit! Moshav Zekenim, Hadar Zekenim - Reuven already was repenting. He publicly admitted only after Yehudah did.

2

In fact, he hoped that, if he returned Yosef to his father, he would forgive him for his sin (Targum Yonasan).

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