hebrew
1)

Where did Yosef come from?

1.

Oznayim la'Torah #1: He came from the section of the prison where the ordinary inmates like himself were incarcerated, where he slept - to the section that was reserved for V.I.P's, where the butler and the baker were.

2.

Oznayim la'Torah #2 (according to the Midrash): He came from Potifar's home, where he worked during the day. 1


1

Oznayim la'Torah: Presumably, for the Berachah that Yosef brought to the household. (I did not find that the Midrash says so. How could Potifar keep Yosef in his house after the episode with his wife, whether he believed her or Yosef? Perhaps he personally ensured that they are never secluded. - PF)

2)

What is the meaning of the word "Zo'afim"?

1.

Rashi #1: It means 'sad' or 'downcast'. 1

2.

Rashi #2 (Danial 2:12): It means 'angry or 'irritated'.


1

Rashi: As in Melachim 1, 20:43 and in Michah, 7:9.

3)

Why were the butler and baker so sad?

1.

Oznayim la'Torah: Because their dreams made an awesome impression on them [and there was no one to interpret them]. 1

2.

Riva: The baker's dream was proper for a bad interpretation. 2 The butler was sad because he dreamed a bad interpretation of the other's dream (refer to 40:5:1:2).


1

Refer to 40:5:1.1:1, 40:5:3:2.

2

Ohr ha'Chayim: Even though he dreamed a good interpretation for the butler, since he was destined for punishment, his Mazel 'told' him and his heart was not settled

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