Forethoughts and Afterthoughts.
Commentary on the weekly Torah reading.
In memory of Father, Yosef Ben Zelig.
March 25th 1911 - May 2nd 2008
In memory of Mother, Nechama Bas Tzvi Hirsh.
June 9th 1925 - April 16th 2003
In memory of Uncle, Moshe Binyamin Ben Tzvi Hirsh.
December 12 1929 - February 2nd 2010
In Loving Memory of Moreinu Horav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, Rosh HaYeshiva Ner Yisroel
Chukas (Numbers 19-22)
Vayigash (Genesis 44-47)
45:5 And now, do not be sad and do not be angry that you sold me here. For G-D sent me (here) to sustain (you and your families).
45:15 And Yosef kissed all of his brothers and he wept over them. And afterwards, his brothers spoke to him.
Why did Yosef feel the need to address the anger of his brothers?
The Medrash says that Yosef's wept to appease his brothers. Why did he need appease them when it was they who did evil to him? They should have been weeping to appease Yosef, not the reverse.
Rav Yerucham Levovitz of blessed memory notes that the Torah has guidelines of behavior for one who causes evil to another and it has guidelines for victims.
In his great righteousness, Yosef judged his brothers favorably and avoided the assignment of blame to anyone other than himself. He therefore suspected that it was his behavior that caused his brothers to overreact and sell him into slavery. His conviction that his fine brothers would have otherwise never stooped to do this was so strong that it brought him to tears and he begged their forgiveness.
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