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The Parshah in a Nutshell: Parshas Vayigash

Posted on January 1, 2009. Filed under: Happy Channukah, Jewish Customs, Jewish traditions, Parshas Hashavua, Parshas Hashavuah, Parshas Vayigash, Parshat Hashavua, Parshat Hashavuah, Parshat Vayigash, The Parsha in a Nutshell, The Parshah in a Nutshell, The Truth, Torah, Torah is THE Truth, True, Truth, Weekly Parsha, Weekly Parshah, Weekly sedra, Weekly Sedrah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Parshah in a Nutshell

(A Summary of the Parsha)

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On this week’s Parsha:

Vayigash

Genesis 44:18-47:27

Judah approaches Joseph to plead for the release of Benjamin, offering himself as a slave to the Egyptian ruler in Benjamin‘s stead. Upon witnessing his brothers’ loyalty to one another, Joseph reveals his identity to them. “I am Joseph,” he declares. “Is my father still alive?”

The brothers are overcome by shame and remorse, but Joseph comforts them. “It was not you who sent me here,” he says to them, “but G-d. It has all been ordained from Above to save us, and the entire region, from famine.”

The brothers rush back to Canaan with the news. Jacob comes to Egypt with his sons and their families — seventy souls in all — and is reunited with his beloved son after 22 years. On his way to Egypt he receives the Divine promise: “Fear not to go down to Egypt; for I will there make of you a great nation. I will go down with you into Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again.”

Joseph gathers the wealth of Egypt by selling food and seed during the famine. Pharaoh gives Jacob‘s family the fertile county of Goshen to settle, and the children of Israel prosper in their Egyptian exile.



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Parsha in a Nutshell – Parshas Miketz / Mikeitz

Posted on December 26, 2008. Filed under: 15041578, A Parsha Story, Happy Channukah, Jewish Customs, Jewish traditions, Miketz, Parshas Mikeitz, Parshas Miketz, Parshat Hashavua, Parshat Hashavuah, Parshat Mikeitz, The Parsha in a Nutshell, The Parshah in a Nutshell, The Truth, Torah, Torah is THE Truth, True, Truth, Weekly Parsha, Weekly Parshah, Weekly sedra, Weekly Sedrah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Parshah in a Nutshell

(A Summary of the Parsha Story)

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On this week’s Parsha:

Miketz (AKA: Mikeitz)

Genesis 41:1-44:17

The Parshah in a Nutshell

Miketz

Genesis 41:1-44:17

Joseph‘s imprisonment finally ends when Pharaoh dreams of seven fat cows that are swallowed up by seven lean cows, and of seven fat ears of grain swallowed by seven lean ears. Joseph interprets the dreams to mean that seven years of plenty will be followed by seven years of hunger, and advises Pharaoh to store grain during the plentiful years. Pharaoh appoints Joseph governor of Egypt. Joseph marries Asenat, daughter of Potiphar, and they have two sons, Menasseh and Ephraim.

Famine spreads throughout the region, and food can be obtained only in Egypt. Ten of Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to purchase grain; the youngest, Benjamin, stays home, for Jacob fears for his safety. Joseph recognizes his brothers, but they do not recognize him; he accuses them of being spies, insists that they bring Benjamin to prove that they are who they say they are, and imprisons Shimon as a hostage. Later, they discover that the money they paid for their provisions has been mysteriously returned to them.

Jacob agrees to send Benjamin only after Judah assumes personal and eternal responsibility for him. This time Joseph receives them kindly, releases Shimon, and invites them to an eventful dinner at his home. But then he plants his silver goblet, purportedly imbued with magic powers, in Benjamin’s sack. When the brothers set out for home the next morning they are pursued, searched, and arrested when the goblet is discovered. Joseph offers to set them free and retain only Benjamin as his slave.



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The Parshah in a Nutshell: Parshat Vayeshev / Vayeishev

Posted on December 19, 2008. Filed under: A Parsha Story, Jewish Customs, Parshas Vayeshev, Parshat Hashavua, Parshat Hashavuah, Parshat Vayeshev, The Parsha in a Nutshell, The Parshah in a Nutshell, The Truth, Torah, True, Truth, Vayeisheiv, Vayeishev, Vayesheiv, Weekly Parsha, Weekly Parshah, Weekly sedra, Weekly Sedrah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Parshah in a Nutshell

(A Summary of the Parsha Story)

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On this week’s Parsha:

Vayeishev

Genesis 37:1–40:23

The Parshah in a Nutshell

Vayeishev

Genesis 37:1–40:23

Jacob settles in Hebron with his twelve sons. His favorite is 17-year-old Joseph, whose brothers are jealous of the preferential treatment he receives from his father, such as a precious many-colored coat that Jacob makes for Joseph. Joseph relates to his brothers two dreams he has which foretell that he is destined to rule over them, increasing their envy and hatred towards him.

Shimon and Levi plot to kill him, but Reuben suggests that they throw him into a pit instead, intending to come back later and save him. While Joseph is in the pit, Judah has him sold to a band of passing Ishmaelites. The brothers dip Joseph’s special coat in the blood of a goat and show it to their father, leading him to believe that his most beloved son was devoured by a wild beast.

Judah marries and has three children. The eldest, Er, dies young and childless, and his wife Tamar is given in levirate marriage to the second son, Onan. Onan sins by spilling his seed and he, too, meets an early death. Judah is reluctant to have his third son marry her.

Determined to have a child from Judah’s family, Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and seduces Judah himself. Judah hears that his daughter-in-law has become pregnant and orders her executed for harlotry, but when Tamar produces some personal effects he left with her as a pledge for payment, he publicly admits that he is the father. Tamar gives birth to twin sons, Peretz (an ancestor of King David) and Zerach.


Joseph is taken to Egypt and sold to Potiphar, the minister in charge of Pharaoh‘s slaughterhouses. G-d blesses everything he does, and soon he is made overseer of all his master’s property. Potiphar’s wife desires the handsome and charismatic lad; when Joseph rejects her advances, she tells her husband that the Hebrew slave tried to force himself on her and has him thrown in prison. Joseph gains the trust and admiration of his jailers, who appoint him to a position of authority in the prison administration.

In prison, Joseph meets Pharaoh’s chief butler and chief baker, both incarcerated for offending their royal master. Both have disturbing dreams, which Joseph interprets; in three days, he tells them, the butler will be released and the baker hanged. Joseph asks the butler to intercede on his behalf with Pharaoh. Joseph’s predictions are fulfilled, but the butler forgets all about Joseph and does nothing for him.

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The Parshah in a Nutshell: Parshat Vayishlach

Posted on December 11, 2008. Filed under: A Parsha Story, Jewish Customs, Parshas Vayishlach, Parshat Hashavua, Parshat Hashavuah, Parshat Vayishlach, The Parsha in a Nutshell, The Parshah in a Nutshell, The Truth, Torah, True, Truth, Weekly Parsha, Weekly Parshah, Weekly sedra, Weekly Sedrah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Parshah in a Nutshell


(A Summary of the Parsha Story)


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On this week’s Parsha:


Vayishlach


Genesis 32:4-36:43


The Parshah in a Nutshell


Vayishlach


Genesis 32:4-36:43



Jacob returns to the Holy Land after a 20-year stay in Charan, and sends angel-emissaries to Esau in hope of a reconciliation, but his messengers report that his brother is on the warpath with 400 armed men. Jacob prepares for war, prays, and sends Esau a large gift (consisting of hundreds of heads of sheep and cattle) to appease him.


That night, Jacob ferries his family and possessions across the Yabbok River; he, however, remains behind and encounters the angel that embodies the spirit of Esau, with whom he wrestles until daybreak. Jacob suffers a dislocated hip but vanquishes the supernal creature, who bestows on him the name Israel, which means “He who prevails over the Divine.”


Jacob and Esau meet, embrace and kiss, but part ways. Jacob purchases a plot of land near Shechem, whose crown prince — also called Shechem — abducts and rapes Jacob’s daughter Dinah. Dinah‘s brothers Simon and Levi avenge the deed by killing all male inhabitants of the city after rendering them vulnerable by convincing them to circumcise themselves.


Jacob journeys on. Rachel dies while giving birth to her second son, Benjamin, and is buried in a roadside grave near Bethlehem. Reuben loses the birthright because he interferes with his father’s marital life. Jacob arrives in Hebron, to his father Isaac, who later dies at age 180 (Rebecca has passed away before Jacob’s arrival).


Our parshah concludes with a detailed account of Esau’s wives, children and grandchildren, and the family histories of the people of Se’ir among whom Esau settled.




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The Parshah in a Nutshell: Parshas Vayeitzei (AKA: Vayeitze)

Posted on December 4, 2008. Filed under: A Parsha Story, Jewish Customs, Parshas Vayeitzei, Parshas Vayetze, The Parsha in a Nutshell, The Parshah in a Nutshell, The Truth, Torah, True, Truth, Weekly Parsha, Weekly sedra, Weekly Sedrah | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Parshah in a Nutshell


(A Summary of the Parsha Story)


Brought to you by:

Chabad.org

On this week’s Parsha:

Vayeitzei (AKA: Vayeitze)

Genesis 28:10-32:3

The Parshah in a Nutshell

Vayeitzei

Genesis 28:10-32:3

Jacob leaves his hometown Be’er Sheva and journeys to Charan. On the way, he encounters “the place” and sleeps there, dreaming of a ladder connecting heaven and earth, with angels climbing and descending on it; G-d appears and promises that the land upon which he lies will be given to his descendents.

In the morning, Jacob raises the stone on which he laid his head as an altar and monument, pledging that it will be made the house of G-d.


In Charan, Jacob stays with and works for his uncle Laban, tending Laban‘s sheep. Laban agrees to give him his younger daughter Rachel — whom Jacob loves — in marriage, in return for seven years’ labor. But on the wedding night, Laban gives him his elder daughter, Leah, instead — a deception Jacob discovers only in the morning. Jacob marries Rachel, too, a week later, after agreeing to work another seven years for Laban.


Leah gives birth to six sons — Reuben, Shimon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun — and a daughter, Dinah, while Rachel remains barren.

Rachel gives Jacob her handmaid, Bilhah, as a wife to bear children in her stead, and two more sons, Dan and Naphtali, are born.

Leah does the same with her handmaid, Zilpah, who gives birth to Gad and Asher.

Finally, Rachel’s prayers are answered and she gives birth to Joseph.


Jacob has now been in Charan for fourteen years and wishes to return home, but Laban persuades him to remain, now offering him sheep in return for his labor.

Jacob prospers, despite Laban’s repeated attempts to swindle him. After six years, Jacob leaves Charan in stealth, fearing that Laban would prevent him from leaving with the family and property for which he labored.

Laban pursues Jacob, but is warned by G-d in a dream not to harm him. Laban and Jacob make a pact on Mount Gal-Ed, attested to by a pile of stones, and Jacob proceeds to the Holy Land, where he is met by angels.



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