Torah Portion Summary

From Torah Sparks by Rabbi Joyce Newmark
a product of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

As Jacob’s life draws to a close, he summons his son Joseph. Jacob asks Joseph to swear that he will not bury him in Egypt, but will return his body to Canaan for burial in the cave of Machpelah.


Later, Joseph brings his sons to visit his ailing father.  Jacob tells Joseph that Ephraim and Manasseh will be considered equal to Jacob’s sons.


Jacob blesses his son and grandsons. Jacob then gathers all of his sons and speaks to each individually about his character and his future, “addressing to each a parting word appropriate to him.”


Jacob then dies at the age of 147. Joseph has his father’s body prepared according to the Egyptian custom and then Jacob’s family, accompanied by Egyptian dignitaries, travels to Canaan to bury him with his parents and grandparents.


Joseph’s brothers, fearing what Joseph may do now that their father is dead, tell Joseph it was Jacob’s dying wish that Joseph forgive his brothers. Joseph assures them that he bears no grudge because even though they acted out of spite, God turned their actions to good.


Joseph dies at the age of 110, after asking his family to swear that they will return his bones to Canaan when God will bring the Israelites back to the land He has promised.

January 11 - 17

14 - 20 Tevet 5780


Parashat Vayigash

Shabbat Begins (Candles) – 4:40 p.m. Friday

Shabbat Ends (Havdalah) – 5:41 p.m. Saturday 



Genesis 47:28—50:26 (Etz Hayim p. 293)

Triennial (1st Cycle)

Genesis 47:28 — 48:22 (Etz Hayim p. 293)


1) Genesis 47:28 — 31 (Etz Hayim p. 293)

2) Genesis 48:1 — 3 (Etz Hayim p. 294)

3) Genesis 48:4 — 9 (Etz Hayim p. 294)

4) Genesis 48:10 — 13 (Etz Hayim p. 296)

5) Genesis 48:14 — 16 (Etz Hayim p. 296)

6) Genesis 48:17 — 19 (Etz Hayim p. 297)

7) Genesis 48:20 — 22 (Etz Hayim p. 297)


Genesis 48:20 — 22 (Etz Hayim p. 297)



I Kings 2:1 — 2:12 (Etz Hayim p. 312)

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