וַיִּגַּשׁ Shabbat shalom- 1st day of Winter!

Joseph Overseer of the Pharoahs Granaries
1874, Lawrence Alma-Tadema
8 Tevet, 5773

The parsha for this week is Vayigash (translated from Hebrew to mean “and he drew near”), covering Genesis 44:18-47:27. Vayigash is the final and third parsha that deals priarily with the life of Joseph. There are no commandments introduced in this parsha. The basic plot is thus: Judah and Joseph chat, Joseph returns to his brothers and forgives them, asking them to bring their families and their father to join Joseph in Egypt. Joseph is generous with his brothers, especially Benjamin, and sends a caravan of donkeys (ten with food, ten with “good things”) back home. Upon seeing the asses, Jacob revives and agrees to the move. Joseph continues to control the grain in Egypt and increases the wealth of Pharoah, making every Egyptian male a bondsmen.

Translations
JTS: http://learn.jtsa.edu/content/translations/va-yiggash/torah-portion/va-yiggash

Commentary
Chabad: http://www.chabad.org/parshah/default_cdo/aid/15557/jewish/Vayigash.htm
Torah.org: http://www.torah.org/learning/haftorah/vayera.html
Aish: http://www.aish.com/tp/
JTS:http://learn.jtsa.edu/parashah/va-yiggash/5773?t=21-17-09-51
Rabbi Falcon:http://www.rabbitedfalcon.com/weekly-focus/

Animated short from G-dcast: http://www.g-dcast.com/vayigash

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