## Mourning Yaakov

Mitzrayim (Egypt) mourned for Yaakov (Jacob) a total of 70 days after his death. After Yaakov died he was embalmed. The embalming took 40 days [Bereishis (Genesis) 50:3]. How many days after the embalming was done did Mitzrayim continue to...

## 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...

## Yosef’s Proposal

Yosef proposed to Pharaoh that he should raise the taxes on grain from 1/10th to 1/5th [Bereishis (Genesis) 41:34]. What percentage was the increase from the original amount?   (1/5) – (1/10) = (1/5) the difference/the original ->(1/5)/(1/5) = 1...

## Pharaoh raises taxes

According to the Rashbam and the Radak, Yosef (Joseph) proposed to Pharaoh that they should double the taxes on grain. After the taxes were doubled, Pharaoh began collecting 1/5 of the money from each grain harvest [Bereishis (Genesis) 41:34]. What...