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Vayigash Videos

A School of Gefilte Fish
Vayigash Parshah Report
Gefilte Fish shows us a school of gefilte fish and comments on the importance of Jewish Schools.
What the Shema Meant to Jacob
Experiencing G-d’s compassion and justice
A Time to Cry and a Time for Action
Parshat Vayigash
You can complain about your problems. You can cry about your circumstances. Or you can learn from Joseph and Benjamin.
Torah in Ten: Vayigash
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.
Crying for a Brother’s Loss
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayigash
Don’t Cry, Take Action!
Growing Weekly: Parshat Vayigash
Making an Oath
Video | 1:05:05
Making an Oath
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.
Reproductive Power
Video | 25:00
Reproductive Power
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?
Jewish Settlements
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Jewish Settlements
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.
Parsha Gems: Vayigash (Chanukah)
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Parshah Insights: Vayigash
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Vayigash & Chanukah
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.
The Three Hidden Treasures
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.
Why Benjamin Was in Imminent Threat!
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.
When Compassion Is Misplaced
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.
Finding a Deeper and Truer Peace
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.
When Being Nice Isn’t So Nice
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.
How Old Are You?
Video | 4:34
How Old Are You?
Parshah Nuggets: Vayigash
Pharaoh meets Jacob and asks him how old he is. What is the meaning of his question?
Joseph’s Approach to Being Wronged by Others
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayigash
Let Go. Enhance. Transform
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)
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