How many years were the Jews actually enslaved in Egypt?

Yosef stood before Pharaoh when he was 30 years old. (Breishis 41:46) Following that there was seven years of plenty then two years of famine. (Breishis 45:6) At that time Yaakov and his family came down to Egypt. [Breishis 46:6]...
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The School of Shem and Ever and the Missing 14 Years

Rashi points out an interesting difficulty in calculating a timeline for the life of Yaakov. (Rashi on Breishis 28:9) Here are some questions to clarify the issue. Yaakov (Jacob) was 130 years old and Yosef (Joseph) was 39 years old...
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Yaakov’s Twins

Yaakov (Jacob) had 12 sons and one daughter. According to one opinion each of his children was born with a twin sister with the exception of Yosef (Joseph) and Dinah [Pirkei D’Rebbi Eliezer Ch. 36]. So, in total, how many...
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Yissachar (Issachar) and Zevulun (Zebulun)

Leah would have two more sons after Yehudah, {Yissachar (Issachar) and Zevulun (Zebulun)} [Bereishis 30:17, 19]. If you total the number of children born to Leah after Yehudah they would make up what fraction of all of Yaakov’s sons? 6/12...
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The Tribe of Yehuda (Judah)

Leah named her son Yehuda (Judah) based on the Hebrew word for “thankfulness”. Rashi said that she was thankful because she had more than her expected fraction of Yaakov’s sons [Rashi on Bereishis 29:35]. Yehuda was Leah’s fourth child. What...
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The Twelve Tribes

Yaakov (Jacob) was destined to have 12 sons. He had 4 wives [Rashi on Bereishis (Genesis) 29:34]. If each wife had the same number of sons, what fraction of the total amount of sons should each wife expect to have?...
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