Saturday December 22, 2012
 SHABAT 9th of TEVET, 5773

Parshat Vayigash

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Joseph Recognized by His Brothers
/1863 painting by Léon Pierre Urbain Bourgeois
Joseph identified by his brothers (1789 painting by Charles Thévenin)
In this week's Torah portion, Joseph is finally reunited with his father. So how does Jacob react to Joseph, the vizier of Egypt, and his apparent intermarriage? MORE>

Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, prompting the entire family to move to Egypt, where Joseph reunites with his father, Jacob.
Because a silver goblet has been found in Benjamin’s bag, Joseph demands that Benjamin remain a slave in Egypt while the brothers return to their father. Parashat Vayigash begins with Judah’s plea to Joseph.
 "Oh my lord, have you a father or another brother? My father had two children by his adored wife Rachel. But his firstborn son was torn to pieces, and he warned us that if an accident befalls Benjamin, "you will bring me to my grave in misery."
Joseph Forgives His Brothers (illustration
 from a Bible card published 1907
by the Providence Lithograph Company)


Ezekiel 37:15-28
Ezekiel promises: The divided
 kingdoms of Judah and Israel
 will one day be united
.In keeping with the theme of reunion, the haftarah for Vayigash looks to a time in the future when the kingdoms of Judah and Israel will no longer be separated: "I will make them a single nation in the land…Never again shall they be divided into two nations" (37:22).

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