The verse here labels Potiphar an ‘Ish mitzri,’ an Egyptian, in contrast to Joseph, ‘Ha’Ivri,’ the Hebrew (14). We already know the nationalities of these individuals, so why the labels? The Egyptians were known for their arrogance and condescension towards the nomadic tribes. Despite their prejudice, Joseph will rise in rank among them. He will succeed at every task presented to him, and subsequently find favor in the eyes of Potiphar, the Egyptian royal official. Behind the success of a mere ‘Hebrew,’ is nothing other than Divine Providence, as the next verse says “And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man.”

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