Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Vayigash: Rav Chaim Of Tzanz - Yosef Reveals His Voice

To prove his real identity to his brothers Yosef says, "Ki Pi HaMidaber Aleichem." (Vayigash 45:12) Rashi explains that he spoke Lashon HaKodesh. What kind of proof was this, if the interpreter had spoken Lashon HaKodesh all along?

The Iturei Torah brings from Rav Chaim of Tzanz that the reason why the brothers did not recognize Yosef was because they never saw him with a beard. "However," asks the Divrei Chaim, "the Gemara (Chulin 96) says that you can recognize someone by their voice. Why did they not recognize his voice?"

He answers that a voice varies depending on the language you are speaking. Each language has its own intonation, articulation, and sing song. A voice is only recognizable in the same language that you are used to hearing it in. Since at home the Shvatim spoke with him Lashon Kodesh and now he spoke Egyptian, they did not recognize his voice.

To prove his identity to the brothers Yosef spoke to them in Lashon Kodesh and they were amazed to recognize that familiar voice that was certainly their brother Yosef.