Some thoughts and resources for exploring the Torah portion Vayigash, Gen 44:18 – 47:27. This is part of a series of weekly “gathering sources” posts, collecting previous material on the weekly Torah portion, most originally part of a 2009-10 series called “Opening the Book.”
A Path to Follow: Serah, daughter of Asher
Something to Notice: Dinah
Great Source(s): Joseph in Medieval poetry
Language and Translation: Souls in Suspense
Vayigash is next read in the Diaspora, minchah Dec 28 through Shabbat Jan 4.
Image is in public domain, from Owen Jones’ Old Book Art, details.
Asher’s sons were Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, and Beriah, and their sister Serah. Beriah’s children were Heber and Malchiel. — Breishit/Genesis 46:17
These were Leah’s sons whom she bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram, along with Dinah his daughter. His sons and daughters were 33 persons in all, male and female. Continue Reading
JOSEPH REVEALS HIMSELF TO HIS BROTHERS
‘You sold a brother for the price of
shoes. Full of hate, you set upon him
The language in verses 30 and 31, at the opening of this portion draw a number of commentaries.
[44:30] [And] Now [v’atah], therefore when I come to thy servant my father and the lad is not with us — seeing that his life [nefesh] is bond up in the lad’s life —Continue Reading