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December 18, 2018
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
Why was Yaakov seemingly surprised to see Yosef’s children?
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ אֶל־יוֹסֵ֔ף רְאֹ֥ה פָנֶ֖יךָ לֹ֣א פִלָּ֑לְתִּי וְהִנֵּ֨ה הֶרְאָ֥ה אֹתִ֛י אֱלֹ-הִ֖ים גַּ֥ם אֶת־זַרְעֶֽךָ׃
And Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see you again, and here God has let me see your children as well.”
We are told that the face of one who sinned turns a yellowish tinge like beeswax, that could only be cured with a drug called ikkarin. This drug, however, also makes a person sterile.
When Yaakov saw the Yosef’s face had no tinge, he thought that Yosef may have taken the ikkarin to make the yellow tinge go away.
However, from the fact that he had children, was proof that he did not sin and did not take the drug.
(Meam Loez, Bartenura Shabbath 14:3, Dat veDin on Vayigash)
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