Vayeshev

Genesis 37:1-40:23

For full text in English and Hebrew, click here: 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

 

Mindfulness
Rabbi Jeffrey L. Glickman, URJ

 

They Remained Silent
Rachel Farbiarz, AJWS

 

  Before the Law
Aliza Mazor, socialaction.com

 

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, Big Tent Judaism

 

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

 

 

Parshat Vayeshev Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

 


Parshat Vayeshev Challah
Julie Seltzer

 

Parshat 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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