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Vayechi – Sh’vi’i
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Yoseif assured his brothers that they had nothing to fear; he would continue to care for them and their families. Yoseif lived to be 110; he lived to see grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When he was near death, he said that G-d would surely return the nation of Israel to their homeland. He asked that, when […]
Vayechi – Haftarah
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Although we generally leave a discussion of famous phrases from that week’s haftarah for the end, one of the early phrases I wanted to focus on captures the theme of the haftarah so well I am leading off with it. In the second verse, David tells Solomon that he is going “in the way of […]
Vayigash – Rishon
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In a defining moment, Yehuda approached Yoseif and said, “This is unacceptable. You asked us all about our family, you made us bring our younger brother here under duress, and now you want to enslave him. The boy is his mother’s only remaining son; if we don’t return with him, our father will surely die!”
Vayigash – Sheini
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Yehuda continued, “I personally guaranteed my father that we’d bring Binyamin back safely. I cannot return without him. Take me as your slave instead and let the boy go home.” When he heard this, Yoseif couldn’t contain himself. He dismissed his attendants so that he could have privacy with his brothers. He then revealed to […]
Vayigash – Shlishi
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“It was G-d Who sent me here, not you,” Yoseif said. “He has placed me in charge of all Egypt! So run back to Canaan and tell our father! Bring your families back and I’ll settle you all in the Goshen area, where you can tend your flocks and I’ll ensure that all your needs […]
Vayigash – Chamishi
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…he resolved to go see Yoseif one last time before he died. Yaakov’s family packed up and headed for Egypt. En route, they camped in Be’er Sheva, where Yaakov offered sacrifices to G-d. That night, G-d appeared to Yaakov in a vision and told him not to worry about leaving the land of Israel to […]
Vayigash – R’vi’i
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Pharaoh told Yoseif to send wagons to his father in order to transport the women and children. They were told not to worry about packing all their things because they would enjoy all the best that Egypt had to offer. Yoseif gave them the wagons, plus provisions for the journey. Yoseif gave each brother a […]
Vayigash – Shishi
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Yaakov sent Yehudah ahead to prepare things for their arrival in Goshen. Yoseif personally harnessed his horses to his chariot to go and greet his father. Yoseif hugged his father and wept, while Yaakov said, “Now I can die happy!” Yoseif told his brothers that he would explain to Pharaoh that they are shepherds. This […]
Vayigash – Sh’vi’i
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Yoseif got his family quarters in the best district, as per Pharaoh’s instructions. Food was scarce because of the famine. All the people in Egypt and Canaan purchased food from Yoseif until they ran out of money, which ended up in Pharaoh’s coffers. When the people came to Yoseif for food, they paid with livestock, […]
Vayigash – Haftarah
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Like the weather, it is easy to speak about unity but harder to do anything about it. Here this week, we will only have enough time to understand what the haftarah assumes by that word, and what that kind of unity can bring about. Ezekiel is told to unite two sticks, symbolically according to Radak, […]