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Torah Talk for Parashat Vayeshev

December 3, 2015 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Yosef’s dreams anger his brothers and they sell him into slavery in Egypt, where he eventually ends up in prison, still interpreting others’ dreams.

The circumstances in which the brothers and Yosef were alone, allowing them to sell him into slavery, are outlined in chapter 37, verses 11-17, a passage which raises a number of fundamental issues. It begins by noting that Yaakov “kept in mind” the fact that his other sons were jealous of Yosef, and yet he sent Yosef away to them anyway. Yosef, being no one’s fool, also was aware of his brothers’ enmity; yet, he not only seems eager to find them, but goes out of his way to do so! Why might this be? Read more >