Joseph during a period of seventeen years, so Joseph the
son provided for his father Jacob during a period of seventeen
Until he was seventeen years old, Joseph frequented the
Bet ha-Midrash, and he became so learned that he could
impart to his brethren the Halakot he had heard from his
father, and in this way he may be regarded as their teacher.
He did not stop at formal instruction, he also tried to give
them good counsel, and he became the favorite of the sons
of the handmaids, who would kiss and embrace him.
In spite of his scholarship there was something boyish
about Joseph. He painted his eyes, dressed his hair carefully,
and walked with a mincing step. These foibles of