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Vayechi in a Nutshell

Vayechi in a Nutshell

Genesis 47:28–50:26


Jacob lives the final 17 years of his life in Egypt. Before his passing, he asks Joseph to take an oath that he will bury him in the Holy Land. He blesses Joseph’s two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, elevating them to the status of his own sons as progenitors of tribes within the nation of Israel.

The patriarch desires to reveal the end of days to his children, but is prevented from doing so.

Jacob blesses his sons, assigning to each his role as a tribe: Judah will produce leaders, legislators and kings; priests will come from Levi, scholars from Issachar, seafarers from Zebulun, schoolteachers from Simeon, soldiers from Gad, judges from Dan, olive-growers from Asher, and so on. Reuben is rebuked for “confusing his father’s marriage bed”; Simeon and Levi, for the massacre of Shechem and the plot against Joseph. Naphtali is granted the swiftness of a deer, Benjamin the ferociousness of a wolf, and Joseph is blessed with beauty and fertility.

A large funeral procession consisting of Jacob’s descendants, Pharaoh’s ministers, the leading citizens of Egypt and the Egyptian cavalry accompanies Jacob on his final journey to the Holy Land, where he is buried in the Machpelah Cave in Hebron.

Joseph, too, dies in Egypt, at the age of 110. He, too, instructs that his bones be taken out of Egypt and buried in the Holy Land, but this would come to pass only with the Israelitesexodus from Egypt many years later. Before his passing, Joseph conveys to the Children of Israel the testament from which they will draw their hope and faith in the difficult years to come: “G‑d will surely remember you, and bring you up out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

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Anonymous August 15, 2017

What book is vayechi in? Reply Staff August 16, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Vayechi is in the book of Genesis, Bereshit in Hebrew. Reply

Lawrence Iowa January 9, 2017

Judah Prophecy Could you comment on Genesis Rabbah 49.8? (2.901)? Reply

Yehuda San Diego December 29, 2014

So who became the doctors and lawyers from the tribes? Reply

Tedrasharon December 17, 2010

This Torah reading Thank you for you faithful services to us. The LORD Bless you. Reply

Michelle Andre cc, fl December 17, 2010

Mosheh Givental Great Idea!
That would awesome to see the actual spots! Reply

Mosheh Givental December 13, 2010

blessing before reading torah it would be really convenient if the blessing for reading torah was on the screen each time someone reads a drash or the actual text of the parshah Reply

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