Parashat Vayigash


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10.  Joseph told his brothers to tell Pharaoh that they were shepherds. He knew the Egyptians detested shepherds because they worshiped animals and Pharaoh would shun them and let them settle in the relative isolation of Goshen where they would avoid the corruption of Egyptian society (46:32-34).

11. "The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning" (47:9). He meant by "few and evil" that he had not lived as long as his fathers and his years had been difficult and unhappy.

12. Joseph sold them bread in exchange for all their cattle and herds (47:19).

13.  Joseph took all their land in exchange for seed to plant. Plus they were required to pay to Pharaoh 20% of all they produced (47:23-24).

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