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Friday, December 25

The Weekly Shtikle - Vayigash

Last week, in my haste, I left out two important dedications. This past Sunday, 5 Teves, was the 43nd yahrtzeit of my wife's grandfather, Rabbi Dr. Israel Frankel, a"h. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmaso, Yisroel Aryeh ben Asher Yeshayahu.


I also must acknowledge the passing of my great uncle, Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld, long-time Rav of the Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills. This week's shtikle is dedicated as well le'iluy nishmaso.


When Yaakov and his sons travel down to Egypt, they make a brief stop in Be'er Sheva, after which it says (46:6) that they took their cattle and flock, etc. Does this pasuk not belong earlier on when they left home, before they got to Be'er Sheva? Ohr HaChayim writes that when they left, they thought they were only going to bring Yaakov to see Yosef and then return home. They did not think they were going to dwell in Egypt. But after the nevua in Be'er Sheva, it became apparent that they were going to live there, so only then did it recount all of their packing.  


Mahari"l Diskin has another interesting observation concerning the trek to Egypt. Before reaching Be'er Sheva, no mention had been made of the wagons that Paroah sent to Yaakov. Only upon leaving Be'er Sheva does it mention them. Before reaching Be'er Sheva, Yaakov was not certain that HaShem would allow him to go down to Egypt. He therefore did not use the wagons that Paroah sent him for it might not be using them for the purpose for which they were given to him. This is tantamount to stealing. Only after HaShem concurred with Yaakov's travel plans did Yaakov make use of the wagons.  


Have a good Shabbos.

Eliezer Bulka

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