From Going Out to Dwelling (Vayeitzei, Vayishlach, Vayeishev)

For those still following portion of the week, or those interested in starting now, here’s an update:

We are reading Vayishlach this week —

Vayishlach, Torah: Genesis 32:4 – 36:43
Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1 – 1:21

One of my favorite comments on this portion comes from Ilana Pardes’ The Biography of Ancient Israel: National Narratives in the Bible. It is linked here. What draws others in this portion?

We begin reading Vayeishev at minchah on December 6.
Vayeishev, Torah Portion: Genesis 37:1 – 40:23
Haftarah: Amos 2:6 – 3:8

In reading this portion, it is interesting to consider some parallels between the “main” story of Joseph sold into slavery and the “minor” story of Tamar and Judah. For a “metaphorical umbilical chord” and other themes, see Great Sources.

How are other L’chayim v’Yayin folks doing on the “parashah challenge”?

The story of Joseph and his brothers, plus the stories of Tamar and Dinah, are among some of the most compelling narratives in the Torah. So, now is a great time to jump into the flow.

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