Genesis 44:18-47:27

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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 go back for their father Jacob and move with him and their families to Egypt. 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.

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The people of Egypt came to Joseph
for wheat during the great famine.

Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Using Personal Tragedy For Growth
Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger, KOLEL


Transformative Testimony
Rachel Farbiarz, AJWS


Jacob and Pharaoh: A Brief Encounter
Rabbi Pamela Wax, Union for Reform Judaism


Proximity & Repair
Rabbi Elliot Kukla, AJWS



Achievement And Action
Rabbi Andy Bachman,


  Joseph’s Foresight and Restraint
David Goldblatt, Canfei Nesharim


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Don’t Be Quarrelsome On The Way
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University


Avoiding Confrontation & Responsibility
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowships


Joseph’s Moment of Truth
Rabbi Charles Savenor, Jewish Theological Seminary


Joseph’s Intermarriage
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Big Tent Judaism


Preparing For Exile
Rabbi Yitzchok A. Breitowitz, Orthodox Union


Reminders Of Love
Steve Greenberg, CLAL


Feeling Another’s Pain
Rabbi David Rosenn, UJA-Federation of New York


The God Of Isaac
Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Hillel



Parshat Vayigash Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parshat Vayigash Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parshat Vayigash for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Speak Softly
Torah Topics for Today


Lying Does Not Pay
Torah Topics for Today


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