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Parshat Vayigash


5760 This week's section speaks of the reuniting of Yosef and his brothers.

The majority of the portion is only dialogue with very little action or change of scenery. But there is much to be learned here.

5761 This week's section tells the story of the reunion of Yosef with his entire family beginning with Yhudah approaching (VaYigash) Yosef.
5762 This week's section opens with Yehuda approaching (Yigash) Yosef to demand justice.
5763 The mystical Jewish book the "Zohar" says that this portion is one of the most important in the Torah; the meeting between Josef and his brothers (especially Judah) symbolizes and paves the way for the arrival of Moshiach and the final unification of the Jewish people.
5764 As we mentioned many times everystory in the Torah, indeed every word, comes to teach us valuable lessons inlife.
5765 This week we read of the joyous and dramatic reunion of Josef with his family thirteen years after he had been sold into slavery. It would be possible to write a book about each sentence spoken between them, but one statement stands out:
5766 This week's section VaYigash, which means 'And he approached', is the finale of the traumatic saga of Josef and his brothers. It begins with Judah approaching Josef to beg for mercy and interestingly the only one of Josef's brothers that is really highlighted in the entire section is Judah. The others are barely mentioned.
5767 This week finishes the story of Yosef torturing his brothers. Although he recognized them immediately when they came to Egypt to buy food he nevertheless concealed his identity for weeks, or longer, to drive them crazy with worry and grief. Why did he do it? Why didn't he just reveal himself immediately and tell them how G-d saved him and how he forgave them.
5768 This week's Torah portion tells the story of how Josef, now the de-facto ruler of Egypt, brought his father Jacob and brothers to Egypt for an emotional reunion after twenty years of separation.
5769 In this week's Torah portion we read of the re-uniting of Josef and his brothers in Egypt. The Torah tells us that when Josef saw his brother Benjamin they hugged, fell on each other's shoulders and wept.
5770 This week's Torah portion begins as Yehuda approaches (Yigash) Yosef, the viceroy of Egypt, to beg for the life of Binyamin, his youngest brother, who had been accused and arrested for supposedly stealing Yosef's divining cup.
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