Weekly Torah Portion: Vayeishev (Genesis 37:1−40:23)

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In this Torah portion, Jacob favors Joseph, and this angers Joseph’s brothers. Joseph has dreams where he predicts reigning over his brothers. The brothers decide to sell Joseph into slavery in Egypt. Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and sleeps with her father-in-law Judah. Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce Joseph, and when he rejects her, she accuses him of trying to rape her, and has him sent to prison. In prison, Pharaoh’s baker and butler have dreams, and Joseph interprets them correctly. Read an extensive summary on My Jewish Learning

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Torah Verse of the Week*

Now Yisrael loved Yosef above all his sons, for he was a son of old age to him, so he made him a coat of many colors. (Genesis 37:3; Parashat Vayeshev)

Other Suggested Readings

Vayeishev is an action-packed parashah, memorable particularly for its exciting stories of Joseph in Egypt. Read from our Telephone Torah Study archives

Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) weekly Torah commentary, David Segal’s ‘Clothes Make the Story.’ He discusses how the recurring motif of clothing is the driving force in Vayeishev. Read the article

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*Torah Verse of the Week is chosen by the Torah class during Tuesdays’ studies with Rabbi Lisa Edwards. Check out when our next Torah Study takes place

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