Shabbat Parashat Miketz | 5763
Miketz | | 1/13/2002
The Torah describes the first “reunion” between Yosef and his brothers in a curious manner: “And Yosef saw his brothers and recognized them…he spoke to them harshly…and Yosef recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.” (Bereishit 42:7-8). Why does the Torah mention Yosef’s recognition of his brothers twice, once before their first exchange and once after? Chazal bring a few explanations of the stress of Yosef’s recognition of his brothers and their lack of recognition of him.
Is there an absolute need to find a corpse and identify it in order to render a ruling to permit an agunah to remarry?
The gemara (Shabbat 21b) asks, "What is Chanukah?" and ignores all the background regarding the wars which enabled the purification of the Temple and the related miracle. Why was this ignored? After all, Chazal were aware of the importance of battle when it is needed. We don't believe in pacifism under all circumstances and when one comes to kill us, we are instructed to preempt him.