1. "Then Judah came near to him" (Beresheet 44:18). Rabbi Elazar opened the discussion with the verse, "You are our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Yisrael acknowledge us not. You, Hashem, are our Father, our Redeemer; Your name is from everlasting" (Yeshayah 63:16). This verse has already been explained, yet come and behold, When the Holy One, blessed be He, created the world, He did each day the work befitting it. When the sixth day arrived - the time for Adam to be created - the Torah came before Him and said, 'Adam, whom You want to create, will provoke You. Unless You curb Your wrath, it would be better for him not to be created.' The Holy One, blessed be He, asked, 'Am I called long-suffering for no reason?'