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This week's 10-Minute Torah (December 18, 2021): "Parashat Vayechi" 5782

Parashat Vayechi 5782 / פָּרָשַׁת וַיְחִי

Read on 18 December 2021 / 14 Tevet 5782.

Parashat Vayechi is the 12th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Parashat Vayechi tells of Jacob's request for burial in Canaan, Jacob's blessing of Joseph's sons Ephraim and Manasseh, Jacob's blessing of his sons, Jacob's death and burial, and Joseph's death.

Triennial year 3

1: 49:27-30 · 4 p’sukim ·

2: 49:31-33 · 3 p’sukim ·

3: 50:1-6 · 6 p’sukim ·

4: 50:7-9 · 3 p’sukim ·

5: 50:10-14 · 5 p’sukim ·

6: 50:15-20 · 6 p’sukim ·

7: 50:21-26 · 6 p’sukim ·

maf: 50:23-26 · 4 p’sukim ·

Haftarah: I Kings 2:1 - 2:12 · 12 p’sukim

And Jacob lived for 147 years and in Egypt for 17 years. He asked Joseph to commit to burying him in with his father in Canaan.

Jacob is on his death bed and Joseph is the first of the sons to visit him. He takes Manasseh and Ephraim with him, and Jacob tells him that he will adopt them as his own “sons” (heirs), like Reuben and Simeon. Jacob lays his hands on them to bless them. Ephraim, the younger, was given the preferred blessing. To this day, we bless children by saying, “May Hashem make you like Ephraim and Manasseh”.

Jacob now calls his other sons to give them blessings. After that, he charges them to bury him in the field of Machpelah with the other Patriarchs and Matriarchs. He then dies.

Joseph then has Jacob embalmed and he is mourned by both his family and Egyptians. Joseph then gets permission from Pharaoh to bury Jacob at Machpelah, which he does accompanied by his brothers, elders of Egypt and their servants in a great procession to Canaan. But the rest of their families stayed behind. When they all returned to Egypt, the brother were concerned that now that Jacob is dead, Joseph will seek vengeance for their plot. Joseph reassures his brothers he won’t. Joseph lives to be 110 years old. Joseph lives long enough to see Ephraim and Manasseh’s grandchildren. He tells them that G-d will remember them and bring them out of that land to the land that Hashem promised to the Patriarchs. Joseph was then embalmed and laid to rest in Egypt, knowing that he would eventually be buried in the Promised Land.

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