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Vayigash Parshah Report
Gefilte Fish shows us a school of gefilte fish and comments on the importance of Jewish Schools.
Parshat Vayigash
You can complain about your problems. You can cry about your circumstances. Or you can learn from Joseph and Benjamin.
Topics include: How Joseph’s reconciliation with his brothers teaches us how to reconcile with G‑d, what Jacob was looking for when he was reunited with Joseph, and a numerical hint to Jacob’s rectification of Adam’s reincarnated soul.
Practical Parshah - Vayigash
In this week's portion in which Judah promises the safe return of his brother Benjamin, we look at the severity of oaths and vows, how to know when you've made one and how to be released from it once you have.
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Vayigash
In the verse (Genesis 47:23) Joseph tells the Egptians: "Here is seed for you so you can plant the ground," the word for "here" is the same word as the name of the Hebrew letter "hei." What does the letter "hei" teach us about human reproduction?
How to Study Torah - Vayigash
Pharaoh designates the district of Goshen for the family of Joseph. There the Jewish people build settlements which ultimately enrage the locals who then use this as a pretext to prosecute the Jewish people.
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Decoding the hidden messages
The parshah of Vayigash contains 106 verses and the mnemonic for it is the name Yehalael. Explore the coded message in this Masoretic note and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah, as well as the coinciding holiday of Chanukah.
Parshah Curiosities: Vayigash
When the Egyptians spend everything they own in buying food from Joseph, he collects and gives all the money and wealth to Pharaoh. There’s a Midrash stating that Yosef hid three treasures from these riches. Discover intriguing insight and meaning in this otherwise enigmatic homily.
Beyond the Werewolf Legend
The Torah relates that there was absolute danger in Binyamin leaving his father Yaakov to travel to Egypt. Learn a truly remarkable interpretation of this strange episode.
A Taste of Text—Vayigash
We can educate, inspire and assist another, but ultimately, the only one who can effect any real and lasting change is the person himself.
A taste of Shazak Parsha, where the weekly Torah portion comes alive! Geared for kids... Great for adults!
It’s nice to be nice … until something of vital importance is at stake. (“Parsha Perks” with Dr Michael Chighel | Vayigash)
Why is peace so elusive? Life seems full of conflict on every level – internal, personal, national, and global. There are quick fixes and deeper long term solutions. Learn insights for integrating the parts of your life that seem intractable.
We all want to be seen as the nice guy who everyone loves. Praise, treats, second chances keep us the favorite. But is it ever better to say no, to let people experience tough love? Learn about the growth that the right severity can create.
Parshah Nuggets: Vayigash
Pharaoh meets Jacob and asks him how old he is. What is the meaning of his question?
What a fast day is really about.
The fast of the Tenth of Tevet commemorates the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem (588 BCE), which culminated in the destruction of the first Temple. It is always observed in the week before or after the Torah reading of Vayigash, which relates the story of the dramatic encounter between Yehuda and Joseph. This class explores the inner connection between the two, and offers essential, spiritual guidance for achieving personal and collective redemption. (Likutei Sichos, volume 15)
Moshiach has to be a scion of the House of David of the ‘Kingdom of Judah’. But why can he not be a descendent of the ‘Kingdom of Joseph’? Indeed even Judah bowed to Joseph acknowledging his authority? In this class a profound debate in the Talmud is evoked that provides the key to the answer and, more significantly, reveals the unique contribution that our generation must give in bringing about the final redemption. (Based on the Maamar V’Avdi Dovid, Achron shel Pesach 5746)
Why we articulate the words of prayer silently
When saying the Amidah prayer – the essence of the prayer service – the worshipper is enjoined to pray in hushed tones. This class explores the various reasons for this law and offers insight into the meaning of prayer. (Likutei Sichos, vol. 35)
Affirming the Oneness and Unity of G-d
“Hear O’ Israel…G-d is One” is arguably the most essential statements of the Jewish faith. Discover layers of meaning to this central verse we recite daily.
Yehudah offers himself as a slave instead of his younger brother
Ch. 44 verses 18-34: Yehudah makes an impassioned plea to the viceroy to save Binyamin from servitude. He expresses his concern that leaving Binyamin in Eygpt would kill his elderly father. He goes so far as to offer himself as a slave instead of his younger brother.
Yosef sends wagons to bring his father and all the family to live in Egypt
ch. 45 verses 12-28: Yosef instructs his brothers on what to tell his father. He hugs Binyamin and the they cry on each others shoulders. He then kisses his brothers and cries with them. Pharaoh and the people are happy to hear that Yosef and his brothers have been re united. Pharaoh commands Yosef to send wagons to bring his father and all the family to live in Egypt. The brothers return home and they tell Yaakov all that Yosef had said, but he did not believe them. However, when he saw the wagons he realized that Yosef was alive and his spirit was revived and he wanted to go down to Egypt and see Yosef before he died.
Yaakov travels to Egypt
Ch. 46 verses 1-27: Yaakov visits B'eer Sheva on his way to Egypt. He brings sacrifices to Hashem, who comes to him in a vision at night and tells him that he will be with him and his descendents and that they will be a great nation. He promises him that Yosef will close his eyes when he dies and that he will be buried in the land of Canaan. Yaakov leaves with his whole family of seventy individuals. The Torah then lists them by their mothers.
Yaakov's arrival stops the famine
Ch. 46 verses 28-34 Ch. 47 verses 1-27: Yosef harnesses his own chariot, goes out to greet his father, and crys on his neck. He tells his family that he is going to tell Pharaoh that they have arrived, and that they should tell him that they are shepherds. Ch. 47, Yosef takes five of the weakest brothers to meet Pharaoh. He is then introduced to Yaakov who blesses him that the Nile should rise whenever he approached it. With Yaakov's arrival the famine ceased. The people were forced during the first two years of the famine to sell everything they owned to yosef.
The opening words of the Torah portion Vayigash hint to an eternal debate over how to deal with the trappings of this world.
Joseph's reconciliation with his brothers teaches us a powerful lesson in how to overcome resentments toward people who have hurt us. Presenter: Rabbi Guth
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