Parshat Vayehi: How is social status determined?

December 19, 2018 21:46
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Parshat Vayehi: How is social status determined?

‘THE BOOK of Genesis [gives us] an accurate picture of the values the Torah wishes to bequeath to us.’. (photo credit: IAN BAILEY-MORTIMER/FLICKR)


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This week’s Torah portion, Vayehi, concludes the long story about Joseph and his brothers and the entire Book of Genesis.

Genesis can be distinguished from the other four books of the Bible in that it does not tell the story of the Jewish nation. Rather, it describes the background to the nation’s foundation – beginning with the creation of the world up to the description of Jacob’s family in Egypt. Immediately after Genesis, already in the first chapter of the Book of Exodus, we start hearing about the “nation.”


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