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Parshat Vayigash                                                          January 4, 2020  7 Tevet, 5780
                                                Rabbi Sacks on Parshat Vayigash
             ARTSCROLL   250           It is one of the great   their father’s flocks near   kept the matter in mind.
                 HERTZ  169            questions we naturally ask  Shechem, and Israel said to   (Gen. 37:9–11). Immediately
                                       each time we read the   Joseph, “As you know, your   afterwards, we read of Jacob
                 HAFTORAH              story of Joseph. Why did   brothers are grazing the flocks   sending Joseph, alone, to his
                                                               near Shechem. Come, I am
                                                                                           brothers. It was there, at
                                       he not, at some time
            ARTSCROLL   1144           during their twenty-two   going to send you to them.”   that meeting far from home,
                 HERTZ  178            year separation, send   “Very well,” he replied. So he   that they plotted to kill him,
                                       word to his father that he   said to him, “Go and see if all is   lowered him into a pit, and
                                       was alive? For part of that  well with your brothers and with  eventually sold him as a
                    Aufruf                                             the flocks, and bring word back   slave. Joseph had many
                                       time – when he was a
                       of                                                           to me.” Then he sent him off   years to reflect on that
                                       slave in Potiphar’s house,
               Ariel Ben-Sorek         and when he was in prison  from the Valley of Hebron. (Gen.  episode. That his brothers
                                       – it would have been    37:12–14)                   were hostile to him, he knew.
                     Times             impossible. But certainly                           But surely Jacob knew this as
                                       he could have done so   What does the narrative tell us   well. In which case, why did
           Candle Lighting      4:21 pm   when he became the   immediately prior to this   he send Joseph to them? Did
                                       second most powerful    episode? It tells us about the   Jacob not contemplate the
           Mincha               4:25 pm                        second of Joseph’s dreams. In
                                       person in Egypt. At the                             possibility that they might do
           Hashkama             8:00 am   very least he could have   the first, he had dreamt that he   him harm? Did he not know
                                       done so when the brothers   and his brothers were in the field   the dangers of sibling rivalry?
           Youth Minyan         8:30 am   came before him on their   binding sheaves. His stood   Did he not at least
                                       first journey to buy food.   upright while the sheaves of his   contemplate the possibility
           Parsha Shiur         8:30 am                        brothers bowed down to him.
                                       Joseph knew how much his                            that by sending Joseph to
           Main                 9:00 am   father loved him. He must   Naturally, when he told them   them he was risking Joseph’s
                                       have known how much     about the dream, they were   life?
           Beit Midrash         9:15 am   their separation grieved   angry. “Do you intend to reign   No one knew this better from
                                                               over us? Would you rule over
           Gemara Shiur         3:45 pm   him. He did not know,   us?” There is no mention of   personal experience. Recall
                                       could not know, what
           Mincha               4:15 pm   Jacob thought had    Jacob in relation to the first   that Jacob himself had been
                                                                                           forced to leave home because
                                       happened to him, but this   dream.
           Shabbat Ends         5:30 pm   surely he knew: that it   The second dream was different:   his brother Esau threatened
           R’ Reisman Video     7:30 pm   was his duty to      Then he had another dream, and   to kill him, once he
                                                                                           discovered that Jacob had
           Shiur                       communicate with him    he told it to his brothers.   taken his blessing. Recall too
                                       when the opportunity    “Listen,” he said, “I had another
           Sun. Jan. 5       7:30/8:30 am   arose, to tell his father   dream, and this time the sun   that when Jacob was about to
           Teen Minyan          9:30 am   that he was alive and well.  and moon and eleven stars were   meet Esau again, after an
           Mon. & Thurs.     6:35/7:45 am   Why then did he not? The   bowing down to me.” When he   interval of twenty-two years,
                                                                                           he was “in great fear and
           Tues.                            See Schedule   following explanation, is a   told his father as well as his   distress,” believing that his
           Asara B’Tevet       on Page 4   tantalizing possibility. The   brothers, his father rebuked him   brother would try to kill him.
           Wed. & Fri.       6:45/7:45 am   story of Joseph’s descent   and said, “What is this dream   That fear provoked one of the
                                       into slavery and exile
                                                               you had? Will your mother and I
           Mincha               4:30 pm   began when his father sent  and your brothers actually come   great crises of Jacob’s life. So
                                       him, alone, to see how the  and bow down to the ground   Jacob knew, better than
                   Latest Times for    brothers were faring. His   before you?” His brothers were   anyone else in Genesis, that
                Shema/Shemoneh Esrei   brothers had gone to graze  jealous of him, but his father   hate can lead to killing, that
                                                                                           sibling rivalry carries with it
           Jan. 4           9:39/10:26 am
                                                    Kiddush is provided by Great Neck Synagogue
           Jan. 11          9:40/10:28 am
                                           with a Herring Table sponsored by Karen & Ethan Ben-Sorek
                    Next Shabbat                                             in honor of their son, Ariel’s Aufruf
                                               Bima Flowers in the Main Sanctuary are sponsored by
           Candle Lighting      4:28 pm
                                                                Ellen & Mitchell Siegel
           Mincha               4:30 pm                   in memory of her mother Blanche Givner z”l
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