Genesis 43:11
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11  Then their father Yisrael said to them, “If it must be so, do this: take some of the choice products of the land in your baggage, and carry them down as a gift for the man—some balm and some honey, gum, ladanum, pistachio nuts, and almonds.

va-YO-mer a-lay-HEM yis-ra-AYL a-vee-HEM im KAYN ay-FO ZOT a-SU k’-KHU mi-zim-RAT ha-A-retz bikh-lay-KHEM v’-ho-REE-du la-EESH min-KHAH m’-AT tzo-REE um-AT d’-VASH n’-KHOT va-LOT bo-t’-NEEM ush-kay-DEEM

יא  וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲבִיהֶם אִם־כֵּן אֵפוֹא זֹאת עֲשׂוּ קְחוּ מִזִּמְרַת הָאָרֶץ בִּכְלֵיכֶם וְהוֹרִידוּ לָאִישׁ מִנְחָה מְעַט צֳרִי וּמְעַט דְּבַשׁ נְכֹאת וָלֹט בָּטְנִים וּשְׁקֵדִים׃

 43:11   Carry them down as a gift for the man

Dried fruit and nut stand at the Machane Yehuda market, Jerusalem

Yaakov commands his sons to bring an offering to Pharaoh’s viceroy of some choice fruits from the land. A mincha (מנחה), ‘gift,’ says Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, indicates a present that benefits the giver more than the receiver. Obviously, a gift could provide a great benefit to the sons of Yaakov, if it will cause the viceroy to view them with favor. In addition, as they again descend to Egypt, this particular gift carries the added benefit of reminding them of their homeland and its many blessings. Though it is sometimes necessary to leave Eretz Yisrael, it should always be on the forefront of one’s mind.

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  • How true the words 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'. In this case the gift would have softened Joseph's heart, how he must have longed for food from home. Isn't it funny how so many of us remember certains foods we had as children and they become something we'd love to have another. Joseph is no different, and his father, unknowingly blesses Joseph.

  • I believe that Ya'acov wanted his sons to bring a gift to the viceroy to show that these were not simple shepherds or even spies or thieves, but men of some wealth and great means in their own land, men that should be treated with respect and kindness as they knew the protocols of exchange. It was his thinking that the presentation of a gift would make his sons appear more as emmissaries and diplomats as gifts are commonly exchanged among such men.
    Shalom.

  • the gift of giving, whatever it may be,, service to one another via community service, or food and clothing drives, monetary to a community service organization is beyond the call of duty as example in the story of Jacob and his sons travels to Egypt……….

  • When one thinks one’s journey is accomplished, think again, as Jacob and his sons journey in and out of Egypt to the Blessed Homeland………………………… Thank you, Back to the rest of Genesis……………

 

Genesis 43:11

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