Genesis 37:1 - 40:23
Amos 2:6 - 3:8
In this Torah portion, Jacob favors Joseph, and this angers Joseph’s brothers. Joseph has dreams in which he predicts reigning over his brothers, provoking them further. They decide to sell Joseph into slavery in Egypt. Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and sleeps with her father-in-law, Judah. In Egypt, the wife of Joseph’s owner 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.
Parashat Vayeshev: Finding Light, Making Change
This Torah portion tells the story of Tamar, a woman who saw the possibility of new life where others saw only death.