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Teachings

Below are the teachings from our weekly Torah Studies.  If you would like to join us, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can let you know where and when we meet.

Vayigash (And He Approached) B’resheet/Genesis 44:18-47:27

: Vayigash (And He Approached) B’resheet/Genesis 44:18-47:27

Haftorah Readings: Ezekiel 37:15-28

This week we read of the reunion of the sons of Jacob with their brother Joseph. We also read of the eventual settling of the people in Egypt. There they would spend hundreds of years as slaves before G-d would send Moshe to bring them out and lead them to Israel.

There are many questions that arise in our reading this week. However, we will look at only a couple. I pray we all can grasp how things unfolded in this family’s story and what we can learn from these events. When we read Genesis 45:5-7 we see how Joseph was able to see the hand of G-d in the things that had happened to him over the last years. He understood G-d had a plan and purpose to what he had suffered. G-d always has a purpose, a plan. That plan may involve discomfort or even suffering on our part. Our challenge is to hold on, to be faithful, to continue on and not give up or lose our faith.

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Mikketz (It Came to Pass) B’resheet/Gen 41:1-44:17

: Mikketz (It Came to Pass) B’resheet/Genesis 41:1-44:17

Haftorah Readings: I Kings 3:15-4:1

Today I have two points for us to ponder. I have read the weekly portions of Torah every week for years and both of these points I have never noticed before so I look forward to sharing these with you today. It will be new for me and I hope for you also.

I would like to start with Genesis 42:1. In this verse we read of a conversation between Jacob and his children. “And Jacob saw that there was food in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, Why are you looking at each other.”

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Vayeishev(And He Settled) B’resheet/Gen 37:1-40:23

: Vayeishev(And He Settled) B’resheet/Genesis 37:1-40:23

Haftorah Readings: Amos 2:6-3:8

Our Torah portion today deals with a large swath of Joseph’s life. It also includes one chapter devoted to Judah and an incident involving him and his daughter in law. I want us to spend time on each of these and see what they can teach us and how in some ways they are connected.

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