Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Parshat Vayigash: Torah's cliffhanger resolved

You can read the basics here.

I read this parsha every year, and it still brings tears to my eyes when Yehudah (Judah) pleads with Yosef (Joseph) to let him take Binyamin's (Benjamin's) place as a slave, lest their father die of a broken heart (B'reishit/Genesis chapter 44, verses 18-34).

Portraits of the reunion of Yosef and Binyamin that show Binyamin as a teenager are a bit off, since Binyamin is described later in the parsha as already having children of his own.

The haftarah, Ezekiel 37:15-28, is a real beauty, speaking of the reunion of the Northern Kingdom, Israel/Yisrael, and the Southern Kingdom, Judea/Judah/Yehudah. Halevai (rough translation--it should only happen), we should live to see a reunion of Am Yisrael/The Jewish People, and an end to sinat chinam/baseless hatred within our community.


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