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    He forgot the suffering – Mikketz

    When Joseph’s son Manasseh was born he gave him a name that derived from a verb that means to forget.

    Gen. 41:51 tells us that Joseph forgot the years of suffering that made his earlier life so hard and harsh. Yet if the suffering was so true and so terrible, how could Joseph forget it? It sounds inhuman and quite impossible!

    The explanation must be that the hardship was such a reality that it could never be erased from Joseph’s memory, but Joseph could say to himself, “Because it happened, I am going to make sure that my child – and other people’s children – never have to undergo an experience like mine, and what I am going to try to do is to build up an environment in which children know only fun and fairness, when fear and desperation will be eliminated for ever!”

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