Sunday, December 6, 2009

The sale of Yosef


A statement on the cause of our national exile and slavery in Egypt, and a warning to parents:

"Because of the weight of two sela of silk which Yaakov added to Yosef's cloak, the matter developed and our ancestors descended to Egypt."

(Talmud, Megilah 16b)

Have a great day,


  1. What’s the big deal? We had to get down to Egypt one way or another in order to be enslaved so we could subsequently be redeemed, Red Sea, Sinai, etc. Had Joseph not been sold to the caravan and ended up with Potiphar, I guess HaShem would have had to come up with some other scenario to get us down to Egypt.

  2. True - but we can still learn from what the gemara views as Yaakov's error.