Genesis 47:28-50:26

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In this Torah portion, Joseph promises Jacob that he will bury him in Canaan. On his deathbed, Jacob blesses his grandchildren,Ephraim and Menashe, and 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.

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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
Abundant Love: The Wisdom of Jacob
Rabbi Menachem Creditor


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 University


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, Big Tent Judaism
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

Parshat Vayehi Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parshat Vayehi Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parshat Vayehi for Families
Torah Topics for Today

Family Forgiveness
Torah Topics for Today
Acting Without Thought
Torah Topics for Today


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