Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Summary of The Weekly Torah Reading:

Parshas Vayigash

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.


1st Aliya: Yehuda confronts Yoseph in the aftermath of the stolen chalice. Yehuda reviews the past events, starting from Yoseph's suspicious interest in their family.

2nd Aliya: 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 had occurred.

3rd Aliya: 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.

4th Aliya: Yoseph sends provisions and transportation for Yakov's entire household. Yakov is told of Yoseph being, "alive and well and ruling the land of Egypt".

5th Aliya: 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.

6th Aliya: Yakov and Yoseph reunite after 22 years. Five of the brothers and Yakov are presented to Pharaoh. Yakov blesses Pharaoh. The year is 2238.

7th Aliya: 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

 






ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

“You Can Take the Girl out of Hicksville, but...”
Jon Erlbaum -

Why The Land of Israel?
- 5768

Lucky Man
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5767

ArtScroll

Recognizing the Source of Our Good
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

Love and Sacrifice
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

Genuine Kindness
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5765

Looking for a Chavrusah?

From Egypt to Israel
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

Obstacles and Opportunities
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Redefining Pleasure
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

> Rabbi Frand on Parshas Lech Lecha
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

Freedom of Man
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Out of This World
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Living Miraculously
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Mission Impassable
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

The Treaty
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

Exile and Redemption
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information