Parashat Vayigash

(And He Approached)

Genesis 44:18 - 47:27

Ezekiel 37:15 - 37:28

In this Torah portion, Joseph’s brothers refuse to return to Canaan without Benjamin, whom Joseph has falsely accused of theft. Joseph reveals his true identity and invites his brothers to return for their father, Jacob, and bring him and their families to Egypt to live. When they return, Joseph introduces his father to Pharaoh, and, at Pharaoh’s suggestion, the family settles in Goshen, a particularly fertile region of Egypt.


Joseph’s Moment of Truth

Revealing his true identity, the viceroy cannot control his emotions.

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Lying Does Not Pay

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Speak Softly

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Not Embarrassing Others

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Transformative Testimony

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Joseph’s Foresight and Restraint

A Torah teaching for the Western environmentalist.

Proximity and Repair

Even if we are unable to fully fix what's broken, we can begin to make a difference by stepping forward.

Jacob And Pharaoh: A Brief Encounter

Jacob and Pharaoh's brief interaction over Jacob's age raises many questions about the complex relationship between the two.

The Redemption of Judah

Judah's plea to Joseph is a sign of his personal growth and ability to empathize with his father's grief.

Preparing For Exile

Joseph used his position of rulership to help his brothers develop coping skills for their upcoming exile.

Achievement And Action

Joseph teaches us to use our material success in the service of those who are needy.

Parashat Vayigash: Summary

Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, prompting the entire family to move to Egypt, where Joseph reunites with his father, Jacob.

Don’t Be Quarrelsome On The Way

Joseph's warning to his brothers not to quarrel on their way instructs us as well in our relationships with our families and the larger Jewish community.