Parsha vaYigash

Bereishit (Genesis) 44:18—47:27

1st Aliyah: 44:18—30

18Then Yehudah approached him and said, “If you please, my lord, may your servant speak a word in my lord’s ears and let your anger flare up at your servant—for you are like Pharaoh. 19My lord has asked his servants, saying, “Have you a father or brother?” 20And we said to my lord, ‘We have an old father and a young child of his old age; his brother is dead, he alone is left with is mother, and his father loves him.’ 21Then you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me, and I will set my eye on him.’ 22We said to my lord, ‘The youth cannot leave his father, for should he leave his father he will die.’ 23But you said to your servants, ‘If our youngest brother does not come down with you, you will not see my face again!’
24“And it was, when we went up to your servant my father, we told him my lord’s word; 25and our father said, ‘Go back, buy us some food.’ 26We cannot go down; only if our youngest brother is with us.’ 27Then your servant my father said to me, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons. 28One has left me and I presumed: Alas, he has surely been torn to pieces, for I have not seen him since! 29So should you take this one, too, from my presence, and disaster befall him, then you will have brought down my hoariness in evil to the grave.’
30“And now, if I come to your servant my father and the youth is not with us—since his soul is so bound up with his soul―

2nd Aliyah: 44:31—45:7

31it will happen that when he sees the youth is missing he will die, and your servants will have brought the hoariness of your servant our father in sorrow to the grave. 32For your servant took responsibility for the youth from my father saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you then I will have sinned to my father for all time.’ 33Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the youth as a servant to my lord, and let the youth go up with his brothers. 34For how can I go up to my father if the youth is not with me; lest I see the evil that will befall my father!”

Chapter 45
1Now Yosef could not restrain himself in the presence of all who stood before him, so he called out, “Remove everyone before me!” Thus no one remained with him when Yosef made himself known to his brothers.
2He cried in a loud voice. Mitzrayim heard, and Pharaoh’s household heard.
3And Yosef said to his brothers, “I am Yosef. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him because they were left disconcerted before him.
4Then Yosef said to his brothers, “Come close to me, if you please,” and they came close. And he said, “I am Yosef your brother—it is me, whom you sold into Mitzrayim. 5And now, be not distressed, nor reproach yourselves for having sold me here, for it was to be a provider that G-d sent me ahead of you. 6For this has been two of the hunger years in the midst of the land, and there are yet five years in which there shall be neither plowing nor harvest. 7Thus G-d has sent me ahead of you to insure your survival in the land and to sustain you for a momentous deliverance.

3rd Aliyah: 45:8—18

8And now: It was not you who sent me here, but G-d; He has made me father to Pharaoh, master of his entire household, and ruler throughout the entire land of Mitzrayim. 9Hurry—go up to my father and say to him, ‘So said your son Yosef: “G-d has made me master of all Mitzrayim. Come down to me; do not delay. 10You will reside in the land of Goshen and you will be near to me—you, your sons, your grandchildren, your flock and your cattle, and all that is yours. 11And I will provide for you there—for there will be five more years of famine—so you do not become destitute, you, your, household, and all that is yours.” ’
12Behold! Your eyes see as do the eyes of my brother Benyamin that it is my mouth that is speaking to you. 13Therefore, tell my father of all my glory in Mitzrayim and all that you saw; but you must hurry, and bring my father down here.”
14Then he fell upon his brother Benyamin’s neck and wept; and Benyamin wept upon his neck. 15He then kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; afterward his brothers conversed with him.
16The news was heard in Pharaoh’s palace saying, “Yosef’s brothers have come!” And it was pleasing in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of his servants. 17Pharaoh said to Yosef, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: Load up your animals and go directly to the land of Canaan. 18Bring your father and your households and come to me. I will give you the best of the land of Mitzrayim and you will eat the fat of the land.’

4th Aliyah: 45:19—45:27

19And you are commanded to say, ‘Do this: Take for yourselves from the land of Mitzrayim wagons for your small children and for your wives; transport your father and come. 20And let your eyes not take pity on your belongings, for the best of all the land of Mitzrayim—it is yours.”
21The sons of Yisra’el did so, and Yosef gave them wagons by Pharaoh’s word, and he gave them provisions for the journey. 22To each of them he gave changes of clothing; but to Benyamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of clothing. 23And to his father he sent the following: ten he-donkeys laden with the best of Mitzrayim and ten she-donkeys laden with grain, bread, and food for his father for the journey. 24And he sent off his brothers, and they went. He said to them, “Do not become agitated on the way.”
25They went up from Mitzrayim and came to the land of Canaan to Yaakov their father. 26And they told him, saying, “Yosef is still alive,” and that he is ruler over all the land of Mitzrayim; but his heart rejected it, for he could not believe them. 27However, when they related to him all the words that Yosef had spoken to them, and he saw the wagons that Yosef had sent to transport him, then the spirit of their father Yaakov was revived.

5th Aliyah: 45:28—46:27

28And Yisra’el said, “How great! My son Yosef still lives! I shall go and see him before I die.

Chapter 46
1So Yisra’el set out with all that he had and he came to Beer-sheva where he slaughtered sacrifices to the G-d of his father Yitzchak.
2G-d spoke to Yisra’el in night visions and He said, “Yaakov, Yaakov.” And he said, Here I am.”
3And He said, “I am the G-d—G-d of your father. Have no fear of descending to Mitzrayim, for I shall establish you as a great nation there. 4I shall descend with you to Mitzrayim, and I shall also surely bring you up; and Yosef shall place his hand on your eyes.”
5So Yaakov arose from Beer-sheva; the sons of Yisra’el transported Yaakov their father, as well as their young children and wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to transport him. 6They took their livestock and their wealth which they had amassed in the land of Canaan and they came to Mitzrayim—Yaakov and all his offspring with him. 7His sons and grandsons with him, his daughters and granddaughters and all his offspring he brought with him to Mitzrayim.
8Now these are the names of the children of Yisra’el who were coming to Mitzrayim—Yaakov and his children: Yaakov’s firstborn Reuven.
9Reuven’s sons: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Cami.
10Simeon’s sons: Yemuel, Yamin, Ohad, Yachin, Zohar, and Shaul, son of the Canaanite woman.
11Levi’s sons: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
12Yehudah’s sons: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah; but Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan—and Perez’s sons were Hezron and Hamul.
13Issachar’s sons: Tola, Puvah, Iov, and Shimron.
14Zevulun’s sons: Sered, Elon, and Jahleel. 15These are the sons of Leah whom she bored to Yaakov in Paddan-aram, in addition to Dinah his daughter. All the people—his sons and daughters—numbered thirty-three.
16Gad’s sons: Ziphion, Haggi, Shuni, Ezvon, Eri, Arodi, and Arell.
17Asher’s sons: Imnah, Ishav, Ishvi, Beriah, and their sister Serah; and Beriah’s sons, Hever and Malchel. 18These are the sons of Zilpah whom Lavan had given to Leah his daughter. These she bore to Yaakov—sixteen people.
19The sons of Rachel, Yaakov’s wife: Yosef and Benyamin.
20To Yosef were born in the land of Mitzrayim—whom Asenath daughter of Poti-phera Chief of On bore to him—Manasseh and Ephraim.
21Benyamin’s sons: Bela, Becher, Ashvel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard. 22These are the sons of Rachel who were born to Yaakov—fourteen persons in all.
23Dan’s sons: Hushim.
24Naphtali’s sons: Yahzeel, Guni, Yezer, and Shillem. 25These are the sons of Bilhah whom Lavan had given to Rachel his daughter. She bore to Yaakov—seven people in all.
26All the persons coming with Yaakov to Mitzrayim—his own descendants, aside from the wives of Yaakov’s sons—sixty-six persons in all.
27And Yosef’s sons who were born to him in Mitzrayim numbered two persons. All the people of Yaakov’s household who came to Mitzrayim—seventy.

6th Aliyah: 46:28—47:10

28He sent Yehudah ahead of him to Yosef, to prepare ahead of him in Goshen; and they arrived in the region of Goshen.
29Yosef harnessed his chariot and went up to meet Yisra’el his father in Goshen. He appeared before him, fell on his neck, and he wept on his neck excessively. 30Then Yisra’el said to Yosef, “Now I can die, after my having seen your face, because you are still alive.”
31And Yosef said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and tell Pharaoh, and I will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household who were in the land of Canaan have come to me. 32The men are shepherds, for they have been cattlemen; their flocks and cattle—and everything they own—they have brought.’ 33And it shall be, when Pharaoh summons you, and says, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34Then you are to say, ‘Your servants have been cattlemen from our youth to now, both we and our forefathers,’ so that you may be able to settle on the region of Goshen, since all shepherds are abhorrent to Egyptians.”

Chapter 47
1Then Yosef came and told Pharaoh, and he said, “My father and my brothers, their flocks, their cattle, and everything they own, have arrived from the land of Canaan and they are now in the region of Goshen.” 2From the least of his brothers he took five men and presented them to Pharaoh. 3Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” They answered Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds—we as well as our forefathers.” 4And they said to Pharaoh, “We have come to sojourn in the land, since there is no grazing for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan; now, if you please, allow your servants to dwell in the region of Goshen.”
5And Pharaoh said to Yosef saying, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6The land of Mitzrayim is before you—in the best part of the land settle your father and your brothers; let them settle in the region of Goshen, and if you know that there are capable men among them, appoint them as chamberlains over the livestock that belongs to me.”
7Then Yosef brought Yaakov, his father, and presented him to Pharaoh, and Yaakov blessed Pharaoh. 8Pharaoh said to Yaakov, “How many are the days of your life?”
9Yaakov answered Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourns have been a hundred and thirty years. Few and bad have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not reached the life spans of my forefathers in the days of their sojourns.” 10Then Yaakov blessed Pharaoh, and left Pharaoh’s presence.

7th Aliyah: 47:11—27

11So Yosef settled his father and his brothers and he gave them a possession in the land of Mitzrayim in the best part of the land in the region of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. 12Yosef sustained his father and his brothers and his entire father’s household with food according to the children.
13Now there was no bread in all the earth for the famine was severe; the land of Mitzrayim and the land of Canaan became weary from hunger. 14Yosef gathered all the money that was to be found in the land of Mitzrayim and in the land of Canaan through the provisions that they were purchasing, and Yosef brought the money into Pharaoh’s palace. 15And when the money was exhausted from the land of Mitzrayim and from the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to came to Yosef saying, “Give us bread, why should we die in your presence?—for the money is gone!”
16And Yosef said, “Bring your livestock and I will provide for you in return for your livestock if the money is gone.” 17So they brought their livestock to Yosef, and Yosef gave them bread in return for the horses, for the flocks of sheep, for the herds of cattle, and for the donkeys; thus he provided them with bread for all their livestock during that year.
18And when that year ended, they came to him in the next year and said to him, “We will not withhold from my lord that with the money and flocks of cattle having been exhausted to my lord, nothing is left before my lord but our bodies and our land. 19Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Acquire us and our land for bread; and we—with our land—will become serfs to Pharaoh; and provide seed so that we may live and not die, and the land will not become desolate.”
20Thus Yosef acquired all the land in Mitzrayim for Pharaoh, for every Egyptian sold his field because of the famine had overwhelmed them; and the land became Pharaoh’s. 21As for the nation, he resettled it by cities, from one end of Mitzrayim’s border to the other. 22Only the land of the priests he did not buy, since the priests had a stipend from Pharaoh, and they lived off their stipend that Pharaoh had given them; therefore they did not sell their land.
23Yosef said to the people, “Look—I have acquired you this day with your land for Pharaoh; here is seed for you—sow the land. 24At the ingathering of the harvests you will give a fifth to Pharaoh; the other four parts shall be yours—as seed for the field, and food for yourselves and for those in our household, and to feed your young ones.”
25And they said, “You have saved our lives; may we find favor in your eyes, my lord, and we will be serfs to Pharaoh.”
26So Yosef imposed it as statute till this day regarding the land of Mitzrayim: It was Pharaoh’s for the fifth; only the priests’ land alone did not become Pharaoh’s.
27Thus Yisra’el settled in the land of Mitzrayim in the region of Goshen; they acquired property in it and they were fruitful and multiplied greatly.

Haftarah for vaYigash
Ezekiel 37:15—28

Chapter 37
15The word of HaShem came to me saying, 16“Now you, son of man, take yourself one wooden tablet and write upon it, “For Yehudah and the Children of Yisra’el, his comrades.” And take another tablet and write upon it, “For Yosef, the wooden tablet of Ephraim, and all the Children of Yisra’el, his comrades.” 17And bring close to yourself, one to the other, like a single tablet, and they shall become one in your hand.
18Now when the children of your people say to you, “Will you not tell us what these are to you?” 19speak to them, “Thus says my HaShem, G-d: Behold!—I take the wooden tablet of Yosef, which is in Ephraim’s hand, and of the tribes of Yisra’el his comrades, and shall place them with it together with the wooden tablet of Yehudah, and I will make them one wooden tablet, and they shall become one in my hand. 20And the wooden tablets upon which you will write shall be in your hand, in heir sight.”
21Then speak to them, “Thus says my L-rd HaShem: Behold!—I take the Children of Yisra’el from among the nations to which they went, and I shall gather them from around and I shall bring them to their soil. 22I shall make them into a single nation in the land upon Yisra’el’s hills, and a single king shall be for them all as a king; and they shall no longer be two nations, no longer divided into two kingdoms again.
23They will no longer be contaminated with their idols and their abhorrent things and with all their rebellious sins; and I shall save them from all their habitations in which they sinned, and I shall purify them, and they shall be for a people unto Me, and I will be for a G-d unto them. 24My servant David will be king over them, and there will be a single shepherd for all of them; they will go in My ordinances and they will observe My decrees and perform them. 25They will dwell on the land that I gave to My servant Yaakov, within which your forefathers dwelt, and they shall dwell upon it—they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David will be prince for them, forever.
26“I shall seal a covenant of peace with them, an eternal covenant shall it be with them; and I shall embrace them and I shall increase them, and I shall place My Sanctuary among them forever. 27My dwelling place shall be upon them, and I shall be for a G-d unto them, and they shall be unto Me for a people. 28Then the nations shall know that I am HaShem, Who sanctifies Yisra’el, when My Holy Temple (Sanctuary) is among them forever.”

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