Genesis 37:1-40:23

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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, 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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