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Parshas VaYechi: How Long Was Bnei Yisroel Enslaved In Mitzrayim?
 Rashi asks, why is Parshas Vayechi "closed" - why isn't there a space between Parshas VaYigash and Parshas VaYechi in the Sefer Torah like there is between other Parshios? Rashi answers, since in Parshas VaYechi Yaakov dies, and the eyes and hearts of Israel were "closed" because of the suffering of the enslavement, therefore it is written "closed". It is important to note that there are 4 different numbers given to the Shibud Mitzrayim.

1)      400

2)      210

3)      193

4)      116

In parshas Lech Licha, Hashem told Avraham that the Jews would be Geirim in a Land that was not theirs for 400 years ("Yodoa Tayda Ki Ger Yihyeh Zaracha BiEretz Lo LaHem Arba Mayos Shanah"). Rashi there tells us , the 400 years started from the Bris Bain HaBisarim and lasted until the Exodus from Mitzrayim.

The number 210 was the actual amount of years that they were in Mitzrayim from the time Yaakov came with his household (70 people - Parshas VaYigash).

The number 193 is the amount of years derived from the beginning of Parshas VaYechi. When Yaakov died, the eyes and hearts of Israel were closed because of the suffering of the enslavement. Yaakov's death occurred 17 years after they entered Mitzrayim. Therefore 210 - 17 = 193. This was the beginning of the "Tzaras HaShibud" as Rashi points out. Maskil L'David takes note that Rashi did not say it was the beginning of the actual "Shibud", but rather the "Tzaras HaShibud" - ‘the suffering of the enslavement". This was only the first stage of the enslavement. Maskil L'David explains, the Shvatim noticed the Shibud starting when Yaakov died because Yosef was not allowed to speak directly to Pharaoh anymore. In Perek 50 Pasuk 5 the Torah says, "And Yosef spoke to Pharaoh's household saying, ‘If I have found favor in your eyes speak to Pharaoh and ask him... can I go up and bury my father". Why couldn't Yosef speak directly to Pharaoh? It was because after Yaakov's death, the attitude towards Yaakov's children began to change.

 The number 116 was the actual years of "Avodas Perech'- intense labor. This number is derived from Rashi in Parshas VoEira who says, the reason why the Torah states the number of years that Levi lived, is to derive from there how long the actual Shibud was. Since the "actual Shibud" did not start as long as any of the Shvatim were still alive. Levi was the last to die. If you make the calculations, Levi died 116 years before Yetzias Mitzrayim.

 

 

 

 

 

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