Torah Pearls #9 – Vayeishev (Genesis 37:1-40:23)

Torah Pearls Vayeishev, Genesis 37:1-40:23, Torah Pearls, Nehemia Gordon, torah portion, torah, Joseph, Jacob, twelve tribes, egyptIn this episode of The Original Torah PearlsVayeishev (Genesis 37:1-40:23), The trio examine Joseph's dreams, Judah's indiscretions, and a selective translation agenda that would send the patriarch Jacob down into the pit of Hell. Qadry wrote: “Boy this is a strong one Nehemia! I'm definitely humbled by the real understanding of YHVH's Torah.”

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23 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #9 – Vayeishev (Genesis 37:1-40:23)

  1. So many Pearl’s in one teaching!! These insights bring fresh understanding to the whole Torah, especially the genealogy of Judah. I love too seeing YeHoVaH remove wickedness…. reverance for Him indeed!

  2. If Pharaoh was eunuch, did he leave town to set up Joseph and the wife, so that she’d conceive and Pharough would have a son?

  3. Hi Nehemia, and Chag Semeach! So this weeks parshar Gen 37:30 did Ruebens’ younger brothers let him believe Joseph was killed by an animal? And what does that mean when Rueben asks “as for me, where am I to go”? The yellow vs of Joseph is my favorite of all the Torah. So rich with teachings for everyday life, ‘does and don’ts’.
    Thank you soon much for all your sharing to common folk like me. I praise YeHoVaH for you.

  4. My Bible has notes saying that part of the reason for Genesis 38 being smacked into the middle of the Joseph story is to point out that Jacob deceived his father, then Judah deceived his father. This all leads to Judah’s transformation, just as Jacob was also transformed. What do you think?

  5. OK, another comment. In Levitcus 27:5, the amount a person should give to make an special vow to the Lord is 20 shekels for a male from age 5 to 20 years old. So, where does this amount come from? I know you stated it was the going rate. How did it get into Leviticus?

  6. In my Bible notes, it says that Reuben may have wanted to save Joseph (and not kill him) to get back in his father’s good graces after messing up in Genesis 35:22 when he slept with Jacob’s concubine, Bilhah. What significance is there in that? Would looking after Joseph have patched up things with Jacob?

  7. I don’t see anything mentioned about the ‘coat of many colors’. In my Bible notes it says that the Septuagint translates the Hebrew as ‘coat of many colors’ but that others argue the Hebrew really says ‘long coat with sleeves’. What do you say the Hebrew says?

  8. Very good examination from all you you today!!!

    It is so important to study the WORD OF YHVH, He definitely opens the eyes [perception] of the blind… + drives out the darkness [all that opposes His TRUTH [s] ]

    My eye opener was, ‘Isa 55:8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD.
    Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’

    Isa 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your gain for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto Me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Isa 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto Me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

    May YHVH bring us all safely to His plan as one man!!! IN YSHVH the PURE LAMB, slain from the foundation of the earth! Yay!!! YHVH has provided the Lamb from the very start to show us all, TRUTH!
    TS2009 VERSION
    Mat 13:35  so that what was spoken by the prophet might be filled, saying, “I shall open My mouth in parables, I shall pour forth what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.” Psa_78:2. 

    Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
    Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God. 
    Joh 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 
    Joh 1:4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 
    Joh 1:5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 

    Rev 13:7  And it was given to him to fight with the set-apart ones and to overcome them. And authority was given to him over every tribe and tongue and nation. 
    Rev 13:8  And all those dwelling on the earth, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the slain Lamb, from the foundation of the world shall worship him. 
    Rev 13:9  If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 

    Gen 3:21  And יהוה Elohim made coats of skin for the man and his wife and dressed them. 

    Besides Me There Is No God
    Isa 44:6  Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 
    Isa 44:7  And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 
    Isa 44:8  Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.


    Isa 46:8  “Remember this, and show yourselves men; turn it back, you transgressors. 
    Isa 46:9  “Remember the former events of old, for I am Ěl, and there is no one else – Elohim, and there is no one like Me, 
    Isa 46:10  declaring the end from the beginning, and from of old that which has not yet been done, saying, ‘My counsel does stand, and all My delight I do,’ 

    Shalom to all

      • Sarah,

        I agree with you there is no connection. The only way to see the connection that Erin sees is to put on “eisegesis” glasses.

        An interpretation, especially of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter’s own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.

        Thanks be to Yehovah for removing my eisegesis glasses.

  9. Nehemia, what support do you have for your statement that the scripture forbids a man to marry his brother’s widow? You mentioned Lev. 18 and Lev. 20. Lev 18:16 and :Lev. 20:21 do both say to not marry your brother’s wife.

    Lev 18:18, in instructing not to marry 2 sisters, refers to “while your wife is living.” Is the lack of this phrase in the other two passages the basis of your understanding?

    Is the Hebrew word (eset) rendered wife (in 18:16 and 20:21) also inclusive of widow other than in reference to Nabal’s widow who married David?

    This is very interesting – never heard this before.

  10. If Potiphar was a eunuch, why did he have a wife? Was that normal? Seems like eunuchs would have remained unmarried.

  11. Teenager was an invented word in 1940’s; designed by marketers to invent a new economic pool (where to get money); it begins to divide families through culture. The “teen” now needs his own hair, clothing, music styles. Latter down the road they also invented “pre teen”. We also heard the marketing lie “generation gap”. One who is 17 in near east, devoid of modern “western/Gree/Roman/Babylonian culture” may have been mature enough to handle being named “prince in standing”. I would hope that more young males; receive a dream from Yeshovah; and find wise council to put them

    Good Job Men of YeHovah!

  12. Some fantastic work, primarily by Nehemia exposing our dodgy bible translations. Nehemia’s comments on the caravan seem spot on and in agreement with the Qur’an; 12:19. Again we have the veil controversy. The veil is mentioned at least thrice in the Tanakh, Gen.24:65,38:14-15/19, Isa.3:23. Clearly the veil in Gen.38 is worn in a very different context to Rebekah.
    If I hear right, the panel is agreeing the story of Joseph is a key part of Bereshit. Indeed it is the concluding document, the finale in my view. In the Qur’an it is the entire 12th surah. I have been listening to SpiritualBabies “Passover Lamb or Passover Man?” Jono seems to view Passover as originating in Egypt (Ex.12:3-13). Yet we have a peculiar situation with Jacob’s sons. They ‘paint’ Jospeh’s robes with the blood of a male goat (Gen.37:31) or lamb (apocryphal Islamic account). According to the Qur’an, the brothers vow to walk righteously after their planned evil to Joseph (12:9). Yet Jacob is no fool, he realises the brothers are hiding the full story (12:18). Joseph’s story is highly symbolic on every level. It is as if the blood of the lamb/goat is salvation/scapegoat to the clan of Israel (Surah2:133-4). Jacob is the Father and he overlooks the sin of the clan/nation. Some may find the connections tenuous but read it as you will. The fact is that Judaism, Christianity and Islam have ranked this story very highly.

    • It looks like it is not the brothers who sell him to the Ishmaelites. They put him in, but it looks in the Hebrew that the Midianites come by, take him out, and sell him.

  13. Nehemia, in Gen 37:2 : Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.

    Is it mean only Gad, Asher, Dan and Naphtali? Are they who hate Joseph the most?

  14. Nehemia could you please write down where to find the prayer to Lord, something like “Jehova, open my eyes so I can see the wonderful things of Torah”?

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