Genesis 37:1-40:23


In this Torah portion, Jacob favors Joseph, and this angers Joseph’s brothers. Joseph has dreams where he predicts reigning over his brothers. The brothers decide to sell Joseph into slavery in Egypt. Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and sleeps with her father-in-law Judah. Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce Joseph, and when he rejects her, she accuses him of trying to rape her, and has him sent to prison. In prison, Pharaoh’s baker and butler have dreams, and Joseph interprets them correctly.

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joseph's slavery
Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Joseph: Technicolor Tzadik?
Rabbi Sharon Mars, Hillel

Tamar & the Sex Trade
Rabbi Matt Carl, AJWS

Anger Management
Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger, KOLEL

Dreamers in Prison
Evan Wolkenstein, AJWS

Rabbi Jeffrey L. Glickman, URJ

They Remained Silent
Rachel Farbiarz, AJWS

Before the Law
Aliza Mazor,


Shepherd Consciousness
Fivel Yedidya Glasser, Canfei Nesharim

From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

From Pride Comes Loneliness
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University

Controlling Love
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships

God Was In That Text
Matthew Berkowitz, Jewish Theological Seminary

Courage to Dream
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative

Leadership Traits
Rabbi Chaim Landau, Orthodox Union

The Challenge of Changing
Dvora Weisberg, CLAL

Improving Our Speech
Marjorie Rothenberg, UJA-Federation of New York

Family and Fun

Tamar’s Tragedy
Carol Selkin Wise, Women of Reform Judaism

Parashat Vayeshev Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

Parashat Vayeshev Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parashat Vayeshev For Families
Torah Topics for Today


The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Torah Topics for Today


Honoring Parents
Torah Topics for Today



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