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Coats, Dreams and Jealousy
Video 8 of 21
Vayomer Yehudah el-echav– “Judah then speaks up and says to his brothers,” mah-betza ki naharog et-achinu v’chisinu et-damo? – “what do we really gain about killing our brother and covering up his blood?” Remember, Judah doesn’t know that Reuben is planning on saving him. Judah assumes that the plan is that we are going to kill him, just not directly; we’re going to leave him to die in the pit. So Judah says, “Why should we let him die? Why should we let him die at all? What do we really gain? What profit do we have out of it?” Lechu v’nimkirenu layishmelim – “Let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites,” v’yadenu al-tehi-bo – “that way our hand won’t be upon him.” It’s true, we won’t be directly killing him anyway; we’ll only be indirectly killing him according to Reuben’s plan. But why should our hand be upon him to kill him at all? We can get rid of him in other ways. After all, ki-achinu besarenu hu– “He is after all, our brother, and if he is our brother, it wouldn’t be right to kill him.” Vayishmeu echav– “And the brothers listened to him and they agreed with him.” So Judah now creates plan number three right. Plan number one was to kill him, and then plan number two was Reuben’s plan which is, “let’s not kill him directly, but we will leave him in the pit to die”, plan number three is Judah’s plan which is, “no, we’re not going to kill him at all. Let’s change the plan and let’s sell him to this passing caravan of Ishmaelites.”
Now, right at the beginning of plan three over here, you have these words which resonate earlier in Genesis. vayisu eineihem vayiru – “and they lifted up their eyes and they saw,” v’hineh – “and behold, the caravan of Ishmaelites were coming.” Turns out that this is the third resonance of that other story we were talking about; the X story. vayisu eineihem vayiru – “and they lifted up their eyes and saw, hineni– “and behold”. The only thing that’s happening in this other story is that we’re not talking about groups of people; we’re talking about single people. So therefore, since we’re only talking about one person, you’re not going to get the valves over here, all his language is going to convert to singular verbs and singular nouns as opposed to plural, so that can throw you off a little bit, but I am giving you a hint. If you look back on this language that we have seen, one, two and three, here is one and two again, and here is three again; as you look at all that language, what else in the book of Genesis does it reminds you of? What other story in the Book of Genesis does it remind you of? I will give you one other hint and this will help you perhaps get it.
If we go back to the earlier verses when Jacob first sends Joseph we’ll hear again echoes from earlier in the Book of Genesis, of that same story X. Can we find them over here? Let’s read one more time; Jacob sending Joseph out to check on his brothers. Vayomer Yisrael el-Yosef halo acheicha roim bishechem– “Aren’t your brothers shepherding in Shechem?” lechah v’eshlachacha aleihem– “I will send you to them.” And then Joseph says, “Here I am.” “Here I am” – Hineni. What does “here I am” remind you of in the Book of Genesis? If we are counting, that’s going to be our fourth echo. And actually, the truth is, the echoes continue even further in verse 14 over here. Vayomer lo– “And then Jacob says,” lech-na re’eh et-shlom achecha v’et-shlom hatzon– “Would you please go, go and see and check on the peace of your brothers and the peace of the sheep.” This language over here, lech-na– “go please” also is going to have its echo in our mystery story X. That’s going to be our fifth echo of mystery story X.
So it’s like, when you see the first echo, well maybe it’s a coincidence, the second, you know, I don’t know, the third, doesn’t seem to be, but three, four, five echoes, it seems like something is going on. So have you identified, can you figure out what this other story is? What is this other mystery story, mystery story X? Come back next video, I will reveal it to you in case you haven’t figured it out already, and let’s see what we make of it all.
1. What Were They Thinking?
2. Building Tensions
3. From Hatred to Jealousy
4. What Was Jacob Thinking?
5. A Break From the Action
6. The Original Internet
7. The Hidden Hyperlinks
8. A Confluence of Echoes
9. Where Have I Heard This Before?
10. The Brothers' Perspective
11. When Three Are One
12. Will the Real Firstborn Please Stand Up?
13. Bechor: A Tale of Twos
14. Rabbi Soloveitchik's Theory
15. Joseph's Undershirt
16. The Meaning of the Second Coat
17. Four Links
18. Double Entendre
19. The Riddle of the Bowing Moon
20. The Hidden Angel
21. Chain of Words
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