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This week's 10-Minute Torah (December 11, 2021): "Parashat Vayigash" 5782

Updated: Dec 6, 2021



Parashat Vayigash 5782 / פָּרָשַׁת וַיִּגַּשׁ

Read on 11 December 2021 / 7 Tevet 5782.


Parashat Vayigash is the 11th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.


In Parashat Vayigash, Judah pleads on behalf of his brother Benjamin, Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, Jacob comes down to Egypt, and Joseph's administration of Egypt saves lives but transforms all the Egyptians into bondmen.

Torah Portion: Triennial year 3

1: 46:28-30 · 3 p’sukim ·

2: 46:31-34 · 4 p’sukim ·

3: 47:1-6 · 6 p’sukim ·

4: 47:7-10 · 4 p’sukim ·

5: 47:11-19 · 9 p’sukim ·

6: 47:20-22 · 3 p’sukim ·

7: 47:23-27 · 5 p’sukim ·

maf: 47:25-27 · 3 p’sukim ·

Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15 - 37:28 · 14 p’sukim


Judah approaches Joseph (not knowing who he really is) and tells him that if Benjamin is kept in Egypt as a slave, it would kill their father. Judah requests that he take his place. Joseph is so moved by Judah’s plea that he now realizes that the brothers have remorse and have repented for how they had treated Joseph, and he reveals himself. He tells the brothers that he bears no enmity towards them, and it was G-d’s plan all along for Joseph to come to Egypt and save the world from the famine, and he feels no vengeance against them.


Pharaoh hears about this and asks Joseph to bring his father and his family to Egypt where they will be treated with high esteem. They are to not worry about taking any belongings because they will have more than enough when they resettle. The brothers go home and tell Jacob that Joseph is still alive and that they will be migrating. Jacob feels that the prospect of seeing Joseph once more makes his life complete. The family is introduced to Pharaoh and Jacob blesses Pharaoh. Pharaoh puts some of the brothers in charge of the royal herd.


Meanwhile, the Egyptians run out of grain and money to buy grain. Joseph then arranges a system whereby the citizens of Egypt will be vassals to Pharaoh. They will now be always giving part of their grain harvest to Pharaoh in exchange for receiving grain during the remainder of the famine.


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