Two other little insights into the parsha of Yosef and his brothers that caught my attention:
1) What was it that finally caused Yosef to break down and reveal himself to his brothers? Was it the pleading of Yehudah? Was it the sight of his brother Binyamin? The Sefas Emes reminds us of what Ya'akov had told his sons before sending them down to Mitzrayim again -- "V'K-l Sha'kai yiten lachem rachamim lifnei ha'ish..." (43:14) Ya'akov davened that the "ish" that his sons would be returning to should have mercy on them. It was not Yehudah, it was not Binyamin, it was not the sight of his other brothers, but it was this tefilah of Ya'akov which melted the heart of the "ish," of Yosef.
2) When the brothers left Yosef the first time, why did Yosef hold Shimon behind? Surely the brothers would have been forced to return whether Shimon was held or not -- there was no other source of food other than from Mitzrayim! And remember that Shimon, as Rashi says, was not actually held in prison. Once the brothers were gone Yosef released him and fed him and treated him b'kavod, So why hold him hostage? The Radmosker answers that once Yosef was reunited with his brothers, he could not bear to see them go. He wanted so much to give of himself to his brothers, to show them chessed, to act as Yosef the "mashbir," that he could not help himself from holding someone back just to be able to share with.
Not pshat, but insightful and creative.