Tag Archives: Joseph

Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

No “happily ever after.”  Jacob doesn’t forgive his sons.  They forgive neither themselves nor Joseph. Joseph does not say he has forgiven his brothers.  Joseph continues his life as Zaphenat-Paneah, in but not of the royal court, and as Joseph, … Continue reading

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Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27)

Why are we spending so much time on Joseph?  He’s not a patriarch.  He doesn’t emerge as the family’s leader; that’s Judah.  His sons do not become major players, nor do his descendants long term; they’re part of the 10 … Continue reading

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Miketz (Gen. 41:1-44:17), 6th day of Chanukah (Num. 7:42-47), Rosh Chodesh Tevet (Num. 28:9-15)

Three, count ‘em, THREE Torah readings this Shabbat!  Also Psalms 113-118, 104 and some changes/additions to the prayers. Why? Because the 6th day of Chanukah this year is both Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh Tevet (the first of two days marking … Continue reading

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Vayeishev (Gen. 37:1-40:23), Chanukah

Joseph: extremely gifted and extremely alone.   A brilliant outsider. Vayeishev is the first of four Torah portions that relate the Joseph story and bring us to the end of the book of Genesis.  My opinions of Joseph have varied a … Continue reading

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Vayekhi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

I recently saw the movie Green Book, which I enjoyed and recommend.  Based on a true story, it concerns the relationship between a black pianist with highly refined tastes and the Bronx bouncer he hires as a driver/protector for a … Continue reading

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Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27)

When I went to grad school, I was not prepared for how cold it would be.  I don’t mean the weather. Yes, this was Boston, but I had a heavy wool coat and, after some months of neglect, very long … Continue reading

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D’var Torah – Vayigash (Genesis 44:18 – 47:27)

Delivered at Shabbat morning services at AKSE, January 3, 2004 by Irene G. Plotzker [reconstructed from notes] In this week’s portion, Joseph reveals his identity, assures his brothers he forgives them, and the whole family is reunited in Egypt, where … Continue reading

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