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Well, as it happens there are other connections, so I'm going to point them out here and see if it makes the other story particularly obvious and sort of jump out at you. So if we add to this list later another relative of the child, not the parent that sent him, but another relative of the child will cast him down. Here there's the word Shalach. Now this is kind of interesting because see these words look the same - almost the same in English, they sound the same in Hebrew but they're not actually the same. The first time - see this word over here that's used to describe Yaakov sending Joseph, this word Shalach means send, so it ends with this letter Chet over here. When you spell this root with a Chet - Shin, Lamed, Chet - then in fact it means send. However, Shalach can turn into another word that sounds similar to it, Shalach, but it's spelled this way, and when it's spelled that way as a verb, Shin, Lamed, Chaf, so then this final Chaf over here is going to change its meaning not from send, to cast down.
So what happens is that in the story of the sale of Yosef this sending that happens in the beginning of the story when Yaakov sends Yosef, turns into Shalach when another relative - that is to say the brothers, when they take Yosef and they cast him in the pit. There's that word Shalach, but this time it's this word over here with a Chaf - Shin, Lamed, Chaf - cast down. They cast down Yosef into a pit. It turns out the other story that I'm thinking about also has this interesting transformation between Shalach with a Chet and Shalach with a Chaf. There too there is a parent that sends a child using the word send first, and then later on there's another relative that casts that child down. You know, pretty remarkable, we're already, I think, in the area where we would say if you could find these kinds of connections in another story, that doesn't seem so coincidental. That's sort of like a coin turning heads too many times to just be coincidence. But, wait, there's more. There's other connections between these stories.
So here's another connection. After the relative of the child casts him down, after the brothers in our case cast Yosef into the pit, they then go down and they sit - remember what happens, the brothers go and they sit a distance away, they sit down to eat bread. The Rashbam is going to point out - we're going to talk about this soon - they probably didn't sit down right next to the pit, it's not so nice to eat a picnic when you can hear your brother screaming from the pit to be rescued. So they sat down a little distance away. It turns out that in this other story I'm thinking of, also the relative who cast the child down then goes and sits a distance away. Do you know what story I'm talking about yet? What other story in Genesis has all these hallmarks?
But there's still more. Remember how there was no water in this story. Where was there no water in this story? When the brothers throw Joseph in the pit it says; V'habor reik ein boh mayim - there was no water. It turns out that in this other story I'm thinking about there was also no water. Did you get the story yet? Let's keep on going, there's more connections. Remember how in our story there was bread but there was no water? What do you mean there was bread, there was no water? What do the brothers do after they cast Joseph into a pit that had no water in it they sat down and they ate bread, that's what happened in our story - in the story of the sale of Joseph. Well, it turns out that in this other story there's also bread. There might not be any water but there's bread.
Finally, you remember how Joseph he ends up in Egypt, Joseph goes down to Egypt? Turns out that in this other story I'm thinking of, the sent-away child also ends up in Egypt. Not only does he end up in Egypt, but what happens to Joseph in Egypt? Remember how Joseph goes to Egypt and then Pharaoh is eventually going to go and hear his dreams and be really excited and Pharaoh is going to give him a wife? So Joseph ends up marrying in Egypt. Well this other child also ends up marrying in Egypt.
So what other story has all of these elements? Not just one, not just two; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 elements, all of these elements, any one of which you might just say, yeah, whatever, it's just a coincidence, but eight of them in a row in another story, with all these words connecting them? Doesn't sound so coincidental. What other story am I thinking about?
So let's come back in the next video and I promise I will reveal to you what story I am thinking of and we'll see if we kind of came up with the same thing? See you then.
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