Torah Pearls #11 – Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

Torah Pearls Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)In this climactic episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27), Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and Nehemia Gordon critically examines the Midrashic explanation for Jacob’s spirit reviving upon seeing the wagons Joseph sent for him. Does this benign example of Talmudic gymnastics portend other dangers of not being rooted solely in the word of God? The trio debate why Jacob described his 130 years on earth as “few and evil” and parse the following words and phrases: “the one you sold,” “made a father to Pharaoh,” “seventy,” “shepherds,” “silver” and “servants.” In closing, the trio rejoice that their disparate paths led to common ground and a place to witness the worldwide revival of people waking up to the truth and joining themselves to the preserved remnant.

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10 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #11 – Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

  1. We can’t figure out how to count to 33 for Leah’s descendants. If we include Dinah and the two sons of Y’hudah that were killed, we get 34. If we don’t include the dead sons of Y’hudah, we get 32. If we just leave out Dinah, we get 33 but since it says the count includes all the sons and daughters, we can’t figure out how to justify leaving out Dinah. Any ideas?

  2. Caanan was a Vassal land to Eqypt, so that means when the famine hit Canaan; they had the right to seek help from Eqypt.who was obligated to help them.

  3. Ancients believed only Kings and Priest received oracles from the gods, so when it was known Joseph could correctly interpret Pharouh’s dream, they understood Joseph was no ordinary slave, he was a King or Priest. Shaving of the body, new clothes, new name meant Pharough adopted him as his son (heir apparent) the rest is enthronement ceremony.
    One of the unique qualities of the Israelites was Yehovah said He’d make them All a nation of Kings and Priests, to hear His voice, to see visions and have dreams from the Almighty. Why would the Almights make them all Kings and Priests? Israel was to be a nation of equals, that is there is no caste system in the Kingdom as were in all others.

  4. Perhaps the question over Pharough’s age is more about how long has he been ruler? A King was known as Father, and the heir apparent a son, in Ancient Times.

  5. Nehemia GOT me jumping on my seat from minute 18:25 -20:45. We’re are so blessed to have the opportunity to listen to experts on the Ancient Hebrew Text with NO agenda.


  6. Excellent teaching… my only comment would be that Joseph’s comment about being a father to Pharaoh might simply be taken at face value. Pharaoh might be young, maybe much younger than Joseph making Joseph a father figure. The only way a young Pharaoh takes the throne is if his own father has died.

    The average age of death in Egypt at this time would be about Joseph’s current age. Young Pharaoh is simply saying to Joseph’s father (with awe) “How old ARE you?” He probably has never seen anyone even remotely this age.

  7. I’m kinda surprised at the explanations given for Jacob’s response to Pharaoh about his age. If you chart out the ages given of the partriarchs, his answer becomes pretty obvious. Shem, Salah and Eber were all still alive in his youth, and he could very well have met them “off-camera”, so to speak. Also, Jacob knows he’s near to dying, and is several decades younger than Isaac and Abraham were at their deaths. I don’t think there’s any need to read into anything here.

    Here’s a chart that lays it out visually:

  8. YHVH is the God of Common Sense-ism.
    God’s promises tend to be future based. Which is different from events of the day to day life. Jacob had a hard physical/emotional life. Heartbreak wears one out.
    Most of Jacobs life is separated from people he did have love towards. Rebeccah, Rachel, Joseph. No matter if Jacob was 40,70,or 100+
    Jacob is a man of sorrows.

    God is the teacher.

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