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Twice before Joseph breaks down and cries.  First, when he overhears Reuven describing the sufferings of their brother sold into slavery (Genesis 42:24) and second, when he sees Benjamin after the passing of thirteen years (Genesis 43:30).  Yet it is only when Judah makes his impassioned plea that Joseph can no longer restrain himself from revealing his true identity and expressing his hidden feelings.  Why?

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Having prepared Egypt for the predicted famine, it should come as no surprise that others would make their way to Egypt to ensure their survival.  But could anyone realistically believe that Egypt could feed the whole world?

Yet that is exactly what the Hebrew text says (Genesis 41:57): “all the earth” came to Egypt or, as the Jewish Study Bible puts it more prosaically, “So all the world came to Joseph in Egypt to procure rations.” 

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The celebration of Hanukkah actually anticipates the ongoing debate on pessimism and longevity.  Here is why.

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Words to live by

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

     -Buddha