The Torah Revealed: Talmudic Masters Unveil the Secrets of the Bible

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Torah Portion
Shemot
Exodus 1:1–6:1

THE BIRTH OF MOSES

(1:6) Joseph, his brothers, and everyone else in that generation died.


The Talmud Teaches

Joseph, his brothers … died R. Chama b. R. Chanina said: Joseph lived 110 years, whereas his brothers lived 120 years. Why did Joseph die before his brothers? Because he behaved in a high-handed manner (Berachot 58a).

NOTE: Pirkei d' R. Eliezer explains that Joseph's life was shortened by ten years because he heard ten times his brothers referring to Jacob as “your servant, our father” without stopping them. Now in the Torah, this phrase is mentioned only five times, but Joseph heard it five times from his brothers and again five times from the interpreter, so that he heard it ten times. The five times are at Genesis 43:28; 45:25, 27, 30, 32.

(1:8) A new king came into power in Egypt who did not know of Joseph.


The Talmud Teaches

A new king came into power Rav and Shmuel have different opinions about this passage. One says that it really was a new king; the other holds that it was the same old king but that he

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