Vayigash

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The Spirit of Prophecy and Song

When Jacob first hears the news that Joseph is alive and the vizier of Egypt, he refuses to believe it. Only when he heard Joseph’s message and saw the wagons Joseph had sent to transport him to Egypt does the Torah relate that “the spirit of their father Jacob revived” (Genesis 45:27). Rashi, quoting the […]

The Meaning of Money

At the end of Vayigash, the Torah describes in great detail how Joseph managed to centralize all the wealth of Egypt in Pharaoh’s hands. In the process, he reconfigured the entire structure of Egyptian society. Chassidut explains that on a deeper level Joseph was transferring the wealth from the realm of the “evil inclination” to […]