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With the discovery of the goblet in Binyamin's sack, the brothers are frozen in confusion. Yehudah alone steps forward and eloquently but firmly petitions Yosef for Binyamin's release, offering himself in his stead. As a result of this act of total selflessness, Yosef finally has irrefutable proof that his brothers are different people from the ones who cast him into the pit, and so, he now reveals to them that he is none other than their brother Yosef.

The brothers shrink from him in shame, but Yosef consoles them, telling them that everything has been part of HaShem's plan. He sends them back to their father Ya’akov, with a message to come and reside in the land of Goshen. At first, Ya’akov cannot accept the news, but when he recognizes hidden signs in the message which positively identify the sender as his son Yosef, his spirit is revived.

Ya’akov together with all his family and possessions set out for Goshen. HaShem communicates with Ya’akov in visions by night. He tells him not to fear going down to Egypt and its negative spiritual consequences, because it is there that HaShem will establish the Children of Yisrael as a great nation even though they will be dwelling in a land steeped in immorality and corruption. The Torah lists Ya’akov's offspring, and hints to the birth of Yocheved, who will be the mother of Moshe Rabbeynu.

Seventy souls in total descend into Egypt where Yosef is reunited with his father after twenty-two years of separation. He embraces his father and weeps, overflowing with joy. Yosef secures the settlement of his family in Goshen. Yosef takes his father Ya’akov and five of the least threatening of his brothers to be presented to Pharaoh, and Ya’akov blesses Pharaoh.

Yosef instructs that in return for grain, all the people of Egypt must give everything to Pharaoh, including themselves as his slaves. Yosef then redistributes the population, except for the Egyptian priests who are directly supported by a stipend from Pharaoh. The Children of Ya’akov/Yisrael become settled and their numbers multiply greatly.




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