Judah
Sheol: The Grave or so Much More?

Sheol: The Grave or so Much More?

The meeting between Joseph and Judah was fraught with import for all present, but also impacted the house of Jacob and all the future generations of Israel to come. But Judah is concerned for his father, stating that if they return...

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Two Sticks, One Kingdom

Two Sticks, One Kingdom

The Torah portion of Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27) completes the story of Joseph’s slavery in Egypt. The story culminates in a dramatic meeting between Judah and Joseph, ending in revelation and reconciliation. Jacob’s household...

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The Showdown Between Joseph and Judah

The Showdown Between Joseph and Judah

The portion of Vayigash describes the pivotal showdown between Joseph and his older brother Judah. The meeting between the long-separated siblings is far from a pleasant reunion. Joseph appears to Judah as Zaphnath-Paaneah, the second...

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Are twins double the trouble in the Bible?

Are twins double the trouble in the Bible?

The narrative of Joseph's descent into Egypt is put aside for one chapter as the Torah relates the unusual story of the levirate marriage between Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar. This unusual union resulted in twins and, similar to...

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The Portion of Vayechi

The Portion of Vayechi

In this, the final portion of the book of Genesis, we read of Jacob’s blessings to his sons and grandsons on his deathbed, and his final passing and burial. The book concludes with Joseph’s final days, as well, and his death and enbalming...

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Weekly Torah Portion: Man Plans and God Laughs

The following is a taste of our Israel Bible Reading Plan. Follow the weekly portion with summaries, insights and lively conversation. To register, click here. Last week’s portion ended with a cliff-hanger, as Joseph called for Benjamin’s...

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Weekly Torah Portion: The Descent into Egypt

This week’s portion begins in the middle of the story of the final confrontation between Joseph and his brothers, before Joseph reveals himself to them.  At the end of last week’s portion, we heard Joseph’s cruel accusations and Judah’s...

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The Portion of Vayigash

The Portion of Vayigash

The portion of Vayigash sees Joseph revealing his true identity to his brothers, inviting his father and the rest of their family to join him in Egypt. Jacob brings his family to Joseph, and Joseph cares for them for the remainder of his...

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