The taste of Shabbat – Vayeshev 5778
Rav Mordechai Elon
Our Parsha begins the last part of Bereshit. From now one there are no excuses, we cannot blame Lavan or Eisav, it's not an evil Pharaoh, now it is all in the family. There is a problem of hatred in the family and the family is the key to reconciliation too. This is a wakeup call. The dangers are not from outside, neither are hope and redemption. Everything depends on us. When the Torah tells us about the causes of the hatred that lead to Yosef's selling as a slave, it tells us
וַיִּּרְא֣וּ אֶ חיו כִִּּּֽי אֹת֞וֹ אהַַ֤ב אֲבִּיהֶם֙ מִּ כל אֶ חיו ויִּּ שנְא֖וּ אֹת֑וֹ וְלֹֹ֥א יכְל֖וּ דַּבְּרֹ֥וֹ לְ שלִֹּֽם.
"And his brothers saw that he was loved more than them, and they hated him not being able to speak to him peacefully"
Why does the Torah add "they were not able to talk to him peacefully"? Isn’t that obvious ? What can we learn from this point?