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Who are the 'archers' who made Yosef's life bitter, who quarreled with him and who hated him?

1.

Rashi: His brothers, as well as Potifar and his wife, embittered his life (when they incarcerated him), his brothers became his antagonists, and his brothers cast upon him 'arrows of hatred. 1

2.

Targum Onkelos: His brothers ("Ba'alei Chitzim" - who were destined to share their inheritance with him [from the Lashon "Mechtzah, half]) embittered his life, took revenge from him and oppressed him.

3.

Rashbam: Potifar's wife embittered his life and 'shot at him arrows' (caused him to be thrown into jail through Leshon ha'Ra).

4.

Seforno: Ya'akov was referring to the butler 2 and the courtiers 3 who slandered 4 him to Pharaoh.

5.

Targum Yonasan: He was referring to the sorcerers of Egypt, who quarreled with him and spoke about him Lashon ha'Ra. 5


1

Hateful words (See Midrash Rabah, 98:19).

2

Refer to 41:12:1:1.

3

When they asked Pharaoh how a slave whose master acquired him for twenty silver pieces could possibly rule over them!

4

Refer to 49:23:2:5.

5

Since, like arrows, it kills from afar (Targum Yonasan. See also Peirush Yonasan). Refer to 49:23:1:4**..

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