Parsha Yomi Sefer Bereshit

Parsha Yomi Tweets

available on Twitter @bentzis – started 18 Kislev 5777 (Dec. 18, 2016)

#Vayeshev 
1: 17 yr-old Joseph has dreams foretelling leadership. It sets his brothers against him.
2: Joseph’s brother’s plan to kill him. Thanks to Reuben’s intercession they throw him into a pit.
3: Brothers decide to sell Joseph as slave. Mislead father Jacob to believe Joseph dead.
4: Tamar, widow of Judah’s son, dresses as prostitute, has relations with Judah and bears twin boys, Peretz & Zerach.
5: Joseph, extremely successful and good looking slave in Egypt to Potiphar, who puts him in charge of entire estate.
6: Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce Joseph. He rejects her. She claims he raped her. He’s thrown in jail.
7: Pharaoh’s wine steward & baker thrown in jail with Joseph. He interprets their dreams. They come true.
#Miketz
1: 2 yrs pass. Dreams trouble Pharaoh. No one successfully interprets. Wine steward suggests Joseph. Summoned from jail.
2: Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams: mean 7 yrs of plenty followed by 7 yrs of famine. Gives advice how to save Egypt.
3: Joseph appointed Viceroy. In charge of all Egypt. Gathers “uncountable” amount of grain. Married and 2 sons born.
4: Famine begins. Joseph distributes food. Brothers come to Egypt to buy, but don’t recognize Joseph. Charade begins.
5: Unrecognized Joseph accuses brothers of spying. Only way to prove themselves is to bring Benjamin down to Egypt.
6: Brothers bring Benjamin to Egypt to Joseph. Joseph throws feasts for the brothers.
7: Joseph frames Benjamin as thief. Brothers brought back to Joseph in Egypt where Benjamin sentenced to slavery.
#Vayigash
1: Judah confronts Joseph. Recounts recent history & how Benjamin’s absence will kill father Jacob.
2: Judah offers to be a slave in Benjamin’s place. Joseph overcome with emotion reveals himself as their lost brother.
3: Joseph consoles brothers for selling him. Sends them to Canaan to inform Jacob that alive & bring family to Egypt.
4: Jacob & family travel to Egypt. Stop in Ber Sheva. Bring sacrifice. God comes to Jacob in vision & says don’t fear.
5: Jacob & descendants that go to Egypt listed. Joseph & sons added to the count. Total of 70 souls that reach Egypt.
6: Emotional reunion of Jacob & Joseph. Joseph presents 5 of his brothers to Pharaoh. Jacob meets and blesses Pharaoh.
7: Jacob’s clan get best land in Egypt. Due to famine Egyptians sell livestock, fields & selves as slaves to Pharaoh.
#Vayehi
1: Jacob lives to 147 yrs. Makes Joseph promise that will bury him in Hebron in family grave, Maarat Hamahpela.
2: Jacob blesses Joseph’s sons Menashe & Efraim. Crosses hands. Gives precedence & puts right hand on younger Efraim.
3: Joseph unhappy with Jacob’s mixing order of sons. Jacob reassures: Menashe will be great, but Efraim will be greater.
4: Jacob on deathbed. Parting words to sons. Harsh to Reuven, Shimon, Levi. Positive to Judah, Isachar, Zevulun & Dan.
5: Jacob continues to bless sons: Gad, Asher & Naftali. Gives a particularly long & moving blessing to Joseph.
6: Benjamin blessed. Jacob dies. Embalmed. Egypt mourns 70 days. Sons bury him in Hebron. Brothers afraid of Joseph.
7: Joseph lived 110 yrs. Saw great-grandchildren born. Foresaw Exodus. Died, embalmed & put in coffin.