Yaakov loved all his children – but the young Yosef, born to him at his old age was his favorite. After many years, Rachel was finally able to bear him a son and what a special son he was indeed! Yosef even looked like his father Yaakov! He was an excellent student, and father and son loved to learn Torah together.
One day, when Yosef was 17 years old, Yaakov decided to have a beautiful, striped-coat, custom-made especially for Yosef. Woven with threads of many colors, it was absolutely magnificent! A king would have been proud to wear it.
Naturally, Yosef loved his multi-colored coat, but his brothers were so jealous of Yosef, that they started to hate him!
To make matters worse, whenever Yosef would notice that his brothers were doing something wrong, he immediately reported it straight to his father!