38:1ל״ח:א׳
1 א

ויהי בעת ההוא. לָמָּה נִסְמְכָה פָרָשָׁה זוֹ לְכָאן, וְהִפְסִיק בְּפָרָשָׁתוֹ שֶׁל יוֹסֵף? לְלַמֵּד שֶׁהוֹרִידוּהוּ אֶחָיו מִגְּדֻלָּתוֹ כְּשֶׁרָאוּ בְצָרַת אֲבִיהֶם, אָמְרוּ: אַתָּה אָמַרְתָּ לְמָכְרוֹ, אִלּוּ אָמַרְתָּ לַהֲשִׁיבוֹ הָיִינוּ שׁוֹמְעִים לְךָ:

ויהי בעת ההוא AND IT CAME TO PASS AT THAT TIME — Why is this section placed here thus interrupting the section dealing with the history of Joseph? To teach that his brothers degraded him from his high position. When they saw their father’s grief they said, “You told us to sell him: if you had told us to send him back to his father we would also have obeyed you” (Genesis Rabbah 85:2).

2 ב

ויט. מֵאֵת אֶחָיו:

ויט AND HE TURNED away from his brothers.

3 ג

עד איש עדלמי. נִשְׁתַּתֵּף עִמּוֹ:

עד איש עדלמי UNTO A CERTAIN ADULLAMITE — he entered into a business-partnership with him.