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This week's Torah Portion: 

09 VAYESHEV - HE CONTINUED LIVING - GENESIS 37:1-40:23

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יֵּשֶׁב יַעֲקֹב בְּאֶרֶץ מְגוּרֵי אָבִיו בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָֽעַן

vayeshev ya'akov b'eretz m'gurey aviyv b'eretz kena'an

"Ya'akov continued living in the land where his father had lived as a foreigner, the land of Kena'an."


Welcome to Parashat Vayeshev. By now it should be rather obvious to those of you who have been following this series, that the Torah is a living, “breathing” piece of literature spanning the lives and deaths of men, families, tribes, and even whole nations. If you have just joined in, I want to bring to your attention that the Torah is a supernatural, carefully planned-out document, designed to instruct and prepare its readers in every facet of their being. As we can observe by reading it ourselves, some of the many ways it chooses to present itself is by means of narrative, poetic, historic, prophetic, and legal structures to name a few. I encourage and challenge you to read God’s Torah for yourself.
— Parashat Vayeshev