Genesis 47:28-50:26


In this Torah portion, Joseph promises Jacob that he will bury him in Canaan. On his death bed, Jacob blesses his grandchildren Ephraim and Menashe. Jacob then blesses each of his sons. Jacob dies and is embalmed. Joseph affirms to his brothers that he has forgiven them for their misdeeds. At the end of the Book of Genesis, Joseph dies.

Click here for a summary of Vayehi.
Click here for a summary of the Haftarah for Vayehi.


Jacob did not want to be buried in Egypt


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Feeling the Presence of God
Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger, KOLEL

Self-Interest & Solidarity
Alana Alpert, AJWS

Fear, Lies, But No Videotape
Rabbi Ira Korinow, Union for Reform Judaism

Two Sufferings That Are One
Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels, AJWS

All in the Family
Rabbi Elyse Winick, Hillel

Sins of the Past
Daniel Bloom, AJWS


Carrying On After the Golden Age
Jonathan Spira-Savett,

Eating Holy Food in a Holy Way
Rabbi Julian Sinclair, Canfei Nesharim


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Seeing the Bigger Picture
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

Exile–The Absence of Jewish Context
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships

Why Bondage?
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Jewish Theological Seminary

Jacob’s Diverse Family
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative

What is Your Blessing?
Rabbi Yaakov Pollak, Orthodox Union

From Fratricide to Solidarity
Reuven Kimelman, CLAL


Tied to the Land
David Ariel-Joel, UJA-Federation of New York


Blessing Our Daughters
Rabbi Laura Geller, Women of Reform Judaism

Parashat Vayehi Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Vayehi Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parashat Vayehi for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Family Forgiveness
Torah Topics for Today

Acting Without Thought
Torah Topics for Today



Return to the index of weekly Torah portions.

Did you like this article? MyJewishLearning is a not-for-profit organization.

Please consider making a donation today.

Note: The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. All comments on are moderated. Any comment that is offensive or inappropriate will be removed. Privacy Policy