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Judah: (a) (1565-1466 BCE) Fourth son of Jacob and Leah, fourth of the Twelve Tribes. The leader of the Tribes, he encouraged his brothers to sell Joseph rather than leave him to die, and later stood up to Joseph when Benjamin’s safety was at stake. Progenitor of King David, all the kings of the House of David, and the Moshiach. (b) A common Jewish name.
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A Lesson from Vayigash
Judah was essentially saying, "It makes no difference whether I think that my father was unfair. I have reached deep within myself and know that the most important truth is that I love my father and I cannot allow him such pain..."
At first sight this might seem a pathetic, powerless pleading: the cringing Jew, Judah, facing the Egyptian Vizier...
The encounter between Judah and Joseph—a Kabbalistic perspective.
In his daily life, the Jew must be a Joseph; but his education must be provided by a Judah.
Diplomacy is great, but sometimes you gotta throw down the gauntlet
A fire ignited within him, an urgent drive that granted neither time nor space to negotiate. He summoned his inner ninja and did the unthinkable: he confronted the prince of Egypt himself and demanded the release of the Jewish boy. There was nothing to di...
The story of Joseph and his brothers is confounding. What was Joseph’s agenda? Why did he devise this intricate plan that included framing his younger brother?
The confrontation between Judah and Joseph is deeper and more meaningful than just a story. It is two worldviews colliding.
For the haftarah of Vayigash, From the Teachings of the Rebbe
The haftarah for Vayigash is a prophecy of our prophet Ezekiel, about the uniting of the two kingdoms, Judah and Israel, in the time of Moshiach. The haftarah begins with G‑d speaking to Ezekiel, “Take one stick of wood and write on it Judah . . . and tak...
For an informed reading of Ezekiel 37:15–28
Overview Perhaps the most tragic of all Jewish divides was that of the ten tribes versus the two (Israel and Judah). This split, which was divinely ordained, began with a political motive. The overwhelming majority of the people were disenchanted with Rec...
Judah—more than anyone else in the Torah—changes.
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