Summary of The Weekly Torah Reading:
Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section
is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person
"goes up" to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.
Yehuda confronts Yoseph in the aftermath of the stolen chalice. Yehuda
reviews the past events, starting from Yoseph's suspicious interest in their
Yehuda's final plea, that he would remain a slave instead of
Binyamin, triggers Yoseph to reveal himself. Yoseph mitigates his brother's shock
and obvious shame by explaining to them the hidden hand of Hashem in all that
Yoseph instructs his brothers to bring Yakov and the rest of the
family to Egypt. Pharaoh, having heard the news of the brother's arrival,
confirms Yoseph's offer.
Yoseph sends provisions and transportation for Yakov's entire
household. Yakov is told of Yoseph being, "alive and well and ruling the land
Yakov wishes to see Yoseph, but first asks Hashem for instructions.
Hashem reassures Yakov that the time of slavery and nationhood has begun, and
that he must go to Mitzrayim. The 70 direct descendants of Yakov are counted.
Yakov and Yoseph reunite after 22 years. Five of the brothers and
Yakov are presented to Pharaoh. Yakov blesses Pharaoh. The year is 2238.
The remainder of the Parsha is a flashback to the two years
preceding Yakov's arrival. Yoseph's master plan for reconfiguring Egyptian
society is detailed. Yoseph follows the broad outline of his advice to Pharaoh
regarding the administration of the 7 years of plenty. The famine must have
been of enormous intensity for Yoseph to accomplish his plan in just two
years. Although the people "sell" themselves to Pharaoh in order to get food,
Yoseph's plan maintains their sense of dignity and independence.
Parsha Summary by Rabbi Aron Tendler