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Joseph: (a) (1562-1452 BCE) Son of Jacob and Rachel, eleventh of the Twelve Tribes. As the oldest son of his favored wife, Jacob loved him dearly and gave him preferential treatment, causing Joseph's brothers to envy him and sell him into slavery. He landed in Egypt, where, after enduring slavery and prison, he interpreted Pharaoh’s puzzling dreams and became viceroy of the land. During the famine that followed he brought his family down to Egypt, setting the stage for their slavery and ultimately their Exodus. Buried in Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem. (b) A common Jewish name.
Life Lessons from Parshat Mikeitz
The dramatic Joseph narrative demonstrates the exceptional strength to persevere and flourish even under the most trying of circumstances.
Life Lessons from Parshat Vayeishev
The Torah’s narrative of Joseph provides special insight into our outlook and mission in life.
Parshah Vayeishev
In the verse (Genesis 37:4) "[Joseph's] brothers could not speak to him peaceably," the Hebrew word "shalom" (peace) is missing a letter vav. The real reason for the lack of peace between Joseph and his brothers was that they could not comprehend Joseph's...
A Taste of Text—Vayeishev
Anger and self-pity rob us of our serenity. Bitterness and victimization blind us from seeing another’s pain.
January 3, 1985 · 10 Tevet, 5745
A lesson from the two sons of Jacob, Gad and Joseph.
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayeishev
Learning from Joseph to express love and care for your fellow.
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayeitzei
Rachel’s reason for naming her son Yosef, affords a healthy perspective when reaching a new milestone.
The Biblical story of Joseph’s descent into Egypt and subsequent incarceration is often read in the same week in which we celebrate the liberation from Czarist imprisonment of the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman, founder of Chabad. This class will explo...
Modeled after Joseph and the Alter Rebbe
The Torah describes Joseph as a 'Man of Success'. By examining his exploits, as well as the story of the Alter Rebbe's arrest and liberation, this class reveals two levels of success and provides the inspiration to achieve it.
Parshah Curiosities: Beshalach
Upon leaving Egypt, Moses takes the remains of Joseph as they journey through the desert. Why did Moses himself have to get involved in removing it from Egypt? Discover the incredible details of how the coffin was retrieved, and subsequently transported m...
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