Category Archives: Shabbat Family

Weekly Portion: Vayeshev (Genesis 37-40)

This week’s portion includes four stories: 1) The selling of Yosef(Joseph) as a slave by his brothers — which eventually positioned Yosef to be second in command in Egypt and enabled him to save the known world from famine  2) The indiscretion of Yehuda (Judah) with Tamar (Tamar) … 3) The attempted seduction of Yosef by Potifar’s wife, which ends with her framing Yosef and having him imprisoned  4) Yosef interprets

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Weekly Portion: Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

On the trip back to Canaan, Jacob meets his brother Esau; Jacob wrestles with the angel. Then they arrive in Shechem; Shechem, the son of Chamor the Hivite, (heir to the town of Shechem) rapes Jacob’s daughter, Dina; Dina’s brothers, Shimon and Levy, massacre the men of Shechem; Rebecca (Rivka) dies; G-d gives Jacob an additional name, “Israel,” and reaffirms the blessing to Avraham that

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Weekly Portion: Vayetzei 5776 (Genesis 28:10-32:3)

This week we have the trials and tribulations of Jacob living with and working for his father-in-law, Laban. Jacob agreed to work as a shepherd 7 years for Rachel only to have Laban switch daughters on him at the marriage ceremony. This is why we have the badekin (‘covering’ ceremony) where the groom sees the face of his bride to ensure he is marrying the right woman

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Weekly Portion: Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9)

Rivka (Rebecca) gives birth to Esav (Esau) and Ya’akov (Jacob). Esav sells the birthright to Ya’akov for a bowl of lentil soup. Yitzchak (Isaac) sojourns in Gerar with Avimelech (Avimelech), king of the Philistines. Esav marries two Hittite women bringing great pain to his parents (because they weren’t of the fold). Ya’akov impersonates Esav on the counsel of his mother in order to receive the blessing

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