Did Joseph Conceal Sin? – 5782 Vayigash Aliyah by Aliyah

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There is a commandment given to Israel that once every 7 years, during the Festival of Sukkot, they should assemble ALL the people to hear the Torah read to them. (Deuteronomy 31:10-12). Chazal (a Hebrew acronym that means, “our sages of blessed memory”) instituted a continuous cycle of reading the Torah. They defined weekly sections so that Jews would be reading and hearing Torah every single week and complete the 5 Books of Moses in a set time. The teachers I learned under taught me to follow the yearly Torah cycle and I discovered that Chabad divides their Torah study into daily aliyot. When the Torah portion is read in its entirety on Shabbat in the synagogue, there are seven sections, seven aliyot. The Chabad tradition is to study one aliyah each day, starting Sunday and going through to Shabbat. One who does this can get a double dose of the same Torah Portion each week.

Additionally, the Ashkenazic and Sepharidc, that is Eastern European and Spanish or Iberian Peninsula communities sometime differ on how they divide the Torah Portions.

It’s time to explore Torah Portion Vayigash, aliyah by aliyah.

 Vayigash Genesis 44:18-47:27 

Aliyah 1 – Genesis 44:18-30

Genesis 14:18 Then Y’hudah approached Yosef and said, “Please, my lord! Let your servant say something to you privately; and don’t be angry with your servant, for you are like Pharaoh himself.

GEN 44:18

Here’s a little lesson on how to handle a tyrant: be firm, direct, respectful and ask for patience and peace up front.

Why not finish the chapter? Chapter 44 is only 4 my lines and it would get us to the end of what Judah had approached Joseph to say. I find this especially curious because the division came from chazal, not HaShem. What was the intent, I wonder?

Aliyah 2 – Genesis 44:31 – 45:7

Genesis 45:5 But don’t be sad that you sold me into slavery here or angry at yourselves, because it was G-d who sent me ahead of you to preserve life.

GEN 45:5

Wow. What love and grace and mercy. As much as this is Joseph speaking here, I think it is the voice of HaShem. What does this mean? What do we do with this admonition? Are all believers to adopt this attitude toward themselves? Are all people? If so will sin and sorrow abound, yet work towards some greater purpose? Perhaps this is only meant for the brothers here for they were divine instruments in the orchestration of salvation worked through Joseph and that it why they can be forgiven. Either way, this idea of self-forgiveness is radical. It does not come until Joseph sees proof of how repentant his brothers are and how much they have changed. That is likely a key element of this passage and principle.

Aliyah 3 – Genesis 45:8-18

Genesis 45:16 The report of this reached Pharaoh’s house: “Yosef’s brothers have come”; and Pharaoh and his servants were pleased.

GEN 45:16

I believe Rashi makes the comment here that this verse proves that Joseph never spoke ill of his brothers or even told of them throwing him into the pit to sell him. Why would Pharaoh be happy for Joseph that his betrayers had returned to him. My father-in-law taught me to see the parallels between Joseph and Messiah and I find it interesting that Joseph never said anything against his brothers. They suffered and had trials and he tested them, but then he received them with joy and provided a bountiful provision for them and gave them a place to live and prosper. I believe our Messiah will do the same. His Jewish brethren who rejected, denied and refused the Master will weep and rejoice with Him as a brother and He will care for them.

Aliyah 4 – Genesis 45:19-27

Genesis 45:20 Don’t worry about your stuff, because everything good in the land of Egypt is yours.’”

Everything good in Egypt is yours. So the bad in Egypt is not for Israel? It doesn’t belong to them or isn’t intended for them? Can this be spiritualized to mean that there is good in everything and that it needs to be pulled out or focused on?

Aliyah 5 – Genesis 45:28-46:27

Genesis 46:1-4 Isra’el took everything he owned with him on his journey. He arrived at Be’er-Sheva and offered sacrifices to the G-d of his father Yitz’chak. 2 In a vision at night G-d called to Isra’el, “Ya‘akov! Ya‘akov!” He answered, “Here I am.” 3 He said, “I am G-d, the G-d of your father. Don’t be afraid to go down to Egypt. It is there that I will make you into a great nation. 4 Not only will I go down with you to Egypt; but I will also bring you back here again, after Yosef has closed your eyes.”

I wonder if Abraham told Jacob about the enslavement of Israel by another nation that they would suffer before he gave them the promised land as their eternal inheritance. (Gen 15:13) Is that something you tell your kid about? I bet it is. I wonder if that had much bearing on Jacob’s mind over the years? That is a hard destiny to bear now that I think about it more. HaShem doesn’t promise an easy life, He promises to stay with you and help you through it all. Is the knowledge of that suffering why people like Esau turned to idols? They sought gods who wouldn’t foretell such dismal futures.

Aliyah 6 – Genesis 46:28 – 47:10

Genesis 28 Ya‘akov sent Y’hudah ahead of him to Yosef, so that the latter might guide him on the road to Goshen; thus they arrived in the land of Goshen.

GEN16:28

Something about this makes me think of the divided kingdoms of Judah and Israel. Jacob longs to go to Joseph and sends Judah ahead of himself to facilitate their reunion. When the split happens Ephraim of Joseph takes primacy and leadership of Israel, while Judah, Benjamin, Levi and a remnant of the other 10 Tribes continue in the South. Jacob loves Joseph so much, Ephraim becomes Israel, distinct from Judah. There is something here.

Aliyah 7 – Genesis 47:11-27

Genesis 47:27 Isra’el lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. They acquired possessions in it and were productive, and their numbers multiplied greatly.

GEN 47:27

17 years with Joseph at the start of his life and 17 years with Jacob at the end of his life, how interesting. What does that mean?Or in other words, this is the history of Israel: when Joseph was 17 years old, he was sold as a slave in Egypt where HaShem wrought a great salvation and brought Israel into Egypt  to become a strong and prosperous people.

 Vayigash Genesis 44:18-47:27 

Aliyah 1 – Genesis 44:18-30

Genesis 14:18 Then Y’hudah approached Yosef and said, “Please, my lord! Let your servant say something to you privately; and don’t be angry with your servant, for you are like Pharaoh himself.

GEN 44:18

Here’s a little lesson on how to handle a tyrant: be firm, direct, respectful and ask for patience and peace up front.

Why not finish the chapter? Chapter 44 is only 4 my lines and it would get us to the end of what Judah had approached Joseph to say. I find this especially curious because the division came from chazal, not HaShem. What was the intent, I wonder?

Aliyah 2 – Genesis 44:31 – 45:7

Genesis 45:5 But don’t be sad that you sold me into slavery here or angry at yourselves, because it was G-d who sent me ahead of you to preserve life.

GEN 45:5

Wow. What love and grace and mercy. As much as this is Joseph speaking here, I think it is the voice of HaShem. What does this mean? What do we do with this admonition? Are all believers to adopt this attitude toward themselves? Are all people? If so will sin and sorrow abound, yet work towards some greater purpose? Perhaps this is only meant for the brothers here for they were divine instruments in the orchestration of salvation worked through Joseph and that it why they can be forgiven. Either way, this idea of self-forgiveness is radical. It does not come until Joseph sees proof of how repentant his brothers are and how much they have changed. That is likely a key element of this passage and principle.

Aliyah 3 – Genesis 45:8-18

Genesis 45:16 The report of this reached Pharaoh’s house: “Yosef’s brothers have come”; and Pharaoh and his servants were pleased.

GEN 45:16

I believe Rashi makes the comment here that this verse proves that Joseph never spoke ill of his brothers or even told of them throwing him into the pit to sell him. Why would Pharaoh be happy for Joseph that his betrayers had returned to him. My father-in-law taught me to see the parallels between Joseph and Messiah and I find it interesting that Joseph never said anything against his brothers. They suffered and had trials and he tested them, but then he received them with joy and provided a bountiful provision for them and gave them a place to live and prosper. I believe our Messiah will do the same. His Jewish brethren who rejected, denied and refused the Master will weep and rejoice with Him as a brother and He will care for them.

Aliyah 4 – Genesis 45:19-27

Genesis 45:20 Don’t worry about your stuff, because everything good in the land of Egypt is yours.’”

Everything good in Egypt is yours. So the bad in Egypt is not for Israel? It doesn’t belong to them or isn’t intended for them? Can this be spiritualized to mean that there is good in everything and that it needs to be pulled out or focused on?

Aliyah 5 – Genesis 45:28-46:27

Genesis 46:1-4 Isra’el took everything he owned with him on his journey. He arrived at Be’er-Sheva and offered sacrifices to the G-d of his father Yitz’chak. 2 In a vision at night G-d called to Isra’el, “Ya‘akov! Ya‘akov!” He answered, “Here I am.” 3 He said, “I am G-d, the G-d of your father. Don’t be afraid to go down to Egypt. It is there that I will make you into a great nation. 4 Not only will I go down with you to Egypt; but I will also bring you back here again, after Yosef has closed your eyes.”

I wonder if Abraham told Jacob about the enslavement of Israel by another nation that they would suffer before he gave them the promised land as their eternal inheritance. (Gen 15:13) Is that something you tell your kid about? I bet it is. I wonder if that had much bearing on Jacob’s mind over the years? That is a hard destiny to bear now that I think about it more. HaShem doesn’t promise an easy life, He promises to stay with you and help you through it all. Is the knowledge of that suffering why people like Esau turned to idols? They sought gods who wouldn’t foretell such dismal futures.

Aliyah 6 – Genesis 46:28 – 47:10

Genesis 28 Ya‘akov sent Y’hudah ahead of him to Yosef, so that the latter might guide him on the road to Goshen; thus they arrived in the land of Goshen.

GEN16:28

Something about this makes me think of the divided kingdoms of Judah and Israel. Jacob longs to go to Joseph and sends Judah ahead of himself to facilitate their reunion. When the split happens Ephraim of Joseph takes primacy and leadership of Israel, while Judah, Benjamin, Levi and a remnant of the other 10 Tribes continue in the South. Jacob loves Joseph so much, Ephraim becomes Israel, distinct from Judah. There is something here.

Aliyah 7 – Genesis 47:11-27

Genesis 47:27 Isra’el lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. They acquired possessions in it and were productive, and their numbers multiplied greatly.

GEN 47:27

17 years with Joseph at the start of his life and 17 years with Jacob at the end of his life, how interesting. What does that mean?Or in other words, this is the history of Israel: when Joseph was 17 years old, he was sold as a slave in Egypt where HaShem wrought a great salvation and brought Israel into Egypt  to become a strong and prosperous people.

That concludes my journey through Vayigash for the year 5782.

I hope these words have been a blessing to you.

May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.

Vayigash 5782 Haftorah and Apostolic Readings

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In Parashat Vayigash, Judah pleads on behalf of his brother Benjamin, Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, Jacob comes down to Egypt, and Joseph’s administration of Egypt saves lives but transforms all the Egyptians into bondmen.

In the Haftorah, Ezekiel prophesies of the in gathering of Israel from among all the nations, the reunification with Judah into one people and how David will be shepherd over this one renewed, obedient Israel forever.

In the Apostolics, the author of Romans says Israel has been temporarily put out of favor, but when they fully return to the LORD, it will mean life from the dead.

The eleventh portion of the book of Beresheet/Genesis is Vayigash, which means “He Approached.” This is the 11th Torah Portion.

Torah: Genesis 44:18-47:27

Haftorah: Ezekiel 37:15-28

Apostolic: Romans 11:1-15

Chabad has wonderful resources for studying the weekly Torah Portion

You can read or listen to the portions below:

Haftorah  

Ezekiel 37:15-28

The word of The LORD came to me: “You, human being, take one stick and write on it, ‘For Y’hudah and those joined with him [among] the people of Isra’el.’ Next, take another stick and write on it, ‘For Yosef, the stick of Efrayim, and all the house of Isra’el who are joined with him.’ Finally, bring them together into a single stick, so that they become one in your hand. When your people ask you what all this means, tell them that The LORD Elohim says this: ‘I will take the stick of Yosef, which is in the hand of Efrayim, together with the tribes of Isra’el who are joined with him, and put them together with the stick of Y’hudah and make them a single stick, so that they become one in my hand.’ The sticks on which you write are to be in your hand as they watch. Then say to them that The LORD Elohim says: ‘I will take the people of Isra’el from among the nations where they have gone and gather them from every side and bring them back to their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Isra’el; and one king will be king for all of them. They will no longer be two nations, and they will never again be divided into two kingdoms.

“‘They will never again defile themselves with their idols, their detestable things, or any of their transgressions; but I will save them from all the places where they have been living and sinning; and I will cleanse them, so that they will be my people, and I will be their G-d. My servant David will be king over them, and all of them will have one shepherd; they will live by my rulings and keep and observe my regulations. They will live in the land I gave to Ya‘akov my servant, where your ancestors lived; they will live there — they, their children, and their grandchildren, forever; and David my servant will be their leader forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give to them, increase their numbers, and set my sanctuary among them forever. My home will be with them; I will be their G-d, and they will be my people. The nations will know that I am The LORD, who sets Isra’el apart as holy, when my sanctuary is with them forever.’”

Apostolic Writings  

Romans 11:1-15

“In that case, I say, isn’t it that G-d has repudiated his people?” Heaven forbid! For I myself am a son of Isra’el, from the seed of Avraham, of the tribe of Binyamin. G-d has not repudiated his people, whom he chose in advance. Or don’t you know what the Tanakh says about Eliyahu? He pleads with G-d against Isra’el, “The LORD, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars, and I’m the only one left, and now they want to kill me too!” But what is G-d’s answer to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not knelt down to Ba‘al.” It’s the same way in the present age: there is a remnant, chosen by grace. (Now if it is by grace, it is accordingly not based on legalistic works; if it were otherwise, grace would no longer be grace.) What follows is that Isra’el has not attained the goal for which she is striving. The ones chosen have obtained it, but the rest have been made stonelike, just as the Tanakh says,

“G-d has given them a spirit of dullness —

eyes that do not see

and ears that do not hear,

right down to the present day.”

And David says,

“Let their dining table become for them

a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a punishment.

Let their eyes be darkened, so that they can’t see,

with their backs bent continually.”

“In that case, I say, isn’t it that they have stumbled with the result that they have permanently fallen away?” Heaven forbid! Quite the contrary, it is by means of their stumbling that the deliverance has come to the Gentiles, in order to provoke them to jealousy. Moreover, if their stumbling is bringing riches to the world — that is, if Isra’el’s being placed temporarily in a condition less favored than that of the Gentiles is bringing riches to the latter — how much greater riches will Isra’el in its fullness bring them!However, to those of you who are Gentiles I say this: since I myself am an emissary sent to the Gentiles, I make known the importance of my work in the hope that somehow I may provoke some of my own people to jealousy and save some of them! For if their casting Yeshua aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting him mean? It will be life from the dead!

Judah the Hammer- Hanukkah’s Heroes VI

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Remember Yehudah the Maccabee who fought and fought to free Israel from oppression and lived a life dedicated to the Almighty.

He even kept fighting after some of his most ardent supporters said they had secured enough freedom.

May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.

This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.

Genesis 12 – Kislev 30 5782 -DEC 03, 2021 |Daily Devar 12

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A few words on Genesis 12.

On altars.

HaShem appeared to Avram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to HaShem, who had appeared to him.

Genesis 12:7 CJB

Daily Devar is a project to read and comment on one chapter of the Bible, 7 times a week.

May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.

This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.

Genesis 11 – Kislev 29 5782 -DEC 03, 2021 |Daily Devar 11

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A few words on Genesis 11.

On Babel and unity.

HaShem said, “Look, the people are united, they all have a single language, and see what they’re starting to do! At this rate, nothing they set out to accomplish will be impossible for them!

Genesis 11:6 CJB

Daily Devar is a project to read and comment on one chapter of the Bible, 7 times a week.

May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.

This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.

Matityahu the Cohen- Hanukkah’s Heroes V

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Remember Matityahu from 1 Maccabees 2 rejected wealth and honor in order to hold fast to the ways of his fathers.

Matityahu zealously slew a Hellenistic Jew and the Greek official encouraging the people of Modin to abandon Torah and commit idolatry.

May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.

This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.

Genesis 10 – Kislev 27 5782 -DEC 02, 2021 |Daily Devar 10

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A few words on Genesis 10.

Is Evil inherited? So many wicked peoples came from Ham.

Daily Devar is a project to read and comment on one chapter of the Bible, 7 times a week.

6 The sons of Ham were Kush, Mitzrayim, Put and Kena‘an. 7 The sons of Kush were S’va, Havilah, Savta, Ra‘mah and Savt’kha. The sons of Ra‘mah were Sh’va and D’dan. 8 Kush fathered Nimrod, who was the first powerful ruler on earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before Adonai — this is why people say, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before Adonai.” 10 His kingdom began with Bavel, Erekh, Akkad and Kalneh, in the land of Shin‘ar. 11 Ashur went out from that land and built Ninveh, the city Rechovot, Kelach, 12 and Resen between Ninveh and Kelach — that one is the great city. 13 Mitzrayim fathered the Ludim, the ‘Anamim, the L’havim, the Naftuchim, 14 the Patrusim, the Kasluchim (from whom came the P’lishtim) and the Kaftorim.

Genesis 10:6-14 CJB

May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.

This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.

Hannah- Hanukkah’s Heroes IV

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Remember Hannah from 2 Maccabees 7 who encouraged her last and youngest son to be brave and strong, knowing death would be his fate, and hers, if he did not bow to Antiochus.

May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.

This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.

Genesis 9 – Kislev 27 5782 -DEC 01, 2021 |Daily Devar 9

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A few words on Genesis 9.

The LORD has a purpose for Mankind. His Law is meant to bless us with abundant, happy lives when we live by it.

Daily Devar is a project to read and comment on one chapter of the Bible, 7 times a week.

May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.

This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.

Genesis 8 – Kislev 26 5782 – 5782 NOV 30 2021 |Daily Devar 8

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My thoughts on Genesis 8.

Does the Torah imply that the Almighty forgot Noah when it said He remembered him?

Daily Devar is a project to read and comment on one chapter of the Bible, 7 times a week.

May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.

This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.