Dvar for Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)
When Yosef finally reveals himself to his brothers, the Torah shares that the news of their reunion travels across Egypt and attests “it pleased Paroh and his servants” (45:16). Why does the Torah explicitly mention that Paroh and his servants were pleased with Yosef’s family reunion?
Rav S. R. Hirsch suggests that everyone’s happiness for Yosef spoke to the high virtues that Yosef had attained, to the point where no one was jealous of him or his successes. Yosef served as an exemplar that united Egypt and, eventually, his own family. Yosef teaches us that speaking with honesty and acting with integrity reflects positively on ourselves, our families, and our people.