Make Em Pay!

Nov 30th, 2010 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Portion of the Week
Why did the Egyptians not go to the man who was assigned to feed them? (Please read Rabbi Moshe Stepansky’s comments on Royal Parade)

I suspect that they perceived Joseph’s appointment as a whim. They could not believe that a seven year period of plenty could be so quickly followed by such a devastating financial collapse. (Sound familiar?) The taxes collected to prepare for the so called famine were simply taxes.

Joseph could have opened the treasury to feed everyone and prove that the government was preparing all along. He chose to charge them. Why?

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