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
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.