And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh, meaning, God has made me forget my all hardship, and of all my father’s house. Joseph names his first child after his ability to forget his hardships, and the bullying he endured in his father’s house. ShaDaL points out that if Joseph is naming his firstborn after the fact that he has forgotten his pain, then clearly it is not forgotten! Rather, explains ShaDaL, Joseph remembered the pain of the past, but he no longer felt it. Indeed, Robert Alter translates the verse God has released me from all the debt of my hardship, and of all my father’s house. One who is released from a debt is no longer affected by it, yet they still remember it.