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12/16/2022 02:18:49 PM


The sale of Yosef

"And Yisrael loved Yosef more than all his children for he was son of... old age and he made him an embroidered cloak." (37,3)

"A person should never distinguish one son amongst his sons because thanks to the weight of two slai'm of wool that Yakov gave to Yosef beyond what he gave to his other sons, his brothers became jealous of him and in the end our forefathers went down to Egypt.

The Meshich Chochma notes that the weight of the piece of zehorit that was tied onto the head of the head of the goat that was sent down to the wilderness on Yom Kippur was also two slai'm in order to atone for the sale of the sale of Yosef, because according to our Sages ob'm this sin still exists in every generation.

Accordingly, we can understand the unique wording used to describe Israel, wording that we do not find in any other prayer, except for the prayers of Yom Kippur – "for you forgive Israel and pardon the Tribes of Israel."

We can say that with these words we ask forgiveness for the sin of our forefathers the Tribes of Israel for selling Yosef.

Rabbi Yosef Cohen ob'm, Chief Dayan of Jerusalem added an additional dimension: The prohibition not to wear shoes on Yom Kippur is in order not to remind of the sin of selling Yosef, for Yosef was sold in exchange for shoes, as it says, "for their selling a righteous and poor man for money, for shoes."


Sun, April 2 2023 11 Nisan 5783