Genesis 41:52
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52  And the second he named Efraim, meaning, “Hashem has made me fertile in the land of my affliction.”

v’-AYT SHAYM ha-shay-NEE ka-RA ef-RA-yim kee hif-RA-nee e-lo-HEEM b’-E-retz on-YEE

נב  וְאֵת שֵׁם הַשֵּׁנִי קָרָא אֶפְרָיִם כִּי־הִפְרַנִי אֱלֹהִים בְּאֶרֶץ עָנְיִי׃

 41:52   Hashem has made me forget completely my hardship

As the name of his first son indicates, Yosef is finally comforted after his troubling experience with his brothers. Yet, with the name of his second son, Yosef indicates that even after being appointed viceroy to Pharaoh, Egypt is still a land of affliction to him. Rabbi Yitzchak Abrabanel, a fifteenth century Bible commentator, points out that despite his elevated status, Yosef never forgot where he truly belonged. Though he was comforted over his loss, Yosef still yearned to return to his father’s household in Eretz Yisrael.

Rabbi Isaac Abarbanel (1437-1508)

Ariel view of Yosef’s tomb in Shechem


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  • Don Isaac Abarbanel would be correct saying that Joseph had not forgotten the years of his youth. Our early years are perhaps the most important in them we learn about relationship within our family, the culture of our country, the standards of acceptable behaviours etc. In Wales we have a word called Hiraeth, it means bitter sweet, longing, desiring … I would expect Joseph to have all these emotions, plus that of rejection by his brothers and being in a situation of hardship not of his making.
    I have lived in NZ since 1957, the country is good to me, and I like living here, but my home is in Wales, I understand the longing Joseph would have experienced for the land of his fathers. There are Jewish people all over the world who have this deep longing to be in Israel, maybe they have never been there, but there is a place in their heart for the land of their fathers too. I'm sure many will be able to identify with Joseph.

Genesis 41:52

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