Parsha Q&A - Vayeshev
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- "These are the offspring of Yaakov: Yosef...." Give three reasons why Yosef is considered Yaakov's main offspring.
- Yaakov rebuked Yosef for telling his brothers the dreams. Why?
- How do we see from the dream about the sun, moon and stars that all dreams contain some untrue element?
- How did Reuven plan to save Yosef?
- What did Ishmaelites usually transport?
- Who brought Yosef down to Egypt?
- Where was Reuven when Yosef was sold?
- In addition to the brothers, who else knew that Yosef was alive?
- For how long did Yaakov mourn the loss of Yosef?
- Verse 37:35 states "his father wept." To whom does this refer?
- Who was Tamar's father?
- Why did Tamar not tell Yehuda that she was pregnant with his child?
- In what merit did Tamar deserve to have kings as her descendants?
- Why is the word "hand" mentioned four times in connection to the birth of Zerach?
- Why does the Torah relate the incident with Potiphar's wife immediately after the incident of Yehuda and Tamar?
- In what way was Hashem "with" Yosef?
- Why were the butler and the baker imprisoned?
- For how long were the butler and the baker in prison?
- How did the baker know that Yosef had correctly interpreted the butler's dream? (40:16)
- How was Yosef punished for asking the butler for help?
"Yaakov taught Yosef everything he had learned from Shem and Ever." - RashiThis hints to the custom to teach a child to read Hebrew when he is three years old. How so? Yaakov studied in the Academy of Shem and Ever for fourteen years. Yaakov taught this wisdom to Yosef by the time Yosef was seventeen. If it took Yaakov fourteen years to teach it, just as it had taken him to learn it, we see that Yaakov began teaching Yosef at age three!
All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated
- 37:2 - (A) Yosef was the son of Rachel, Yaakov's primary wife. (B) Yosef looked like Yaakov. (C) All that befell Yaakov befell Yosef.
- 37:10 - Because Yosef aroused the hatred of his brothers.
- 37:10 - The moon represented Rachel. Since she had already died, it was impossible for that element of the dream to come true.
- 37:22 - He intended to return to the pit and pull Yosef out of it.
- 37:25 - Tar and Kerosene (Itran and Nepht).
- 37:28 - A caravan of Midianites.
- 37:29 - He was attending to Yaakov.
- 37:33 - Yitzchak.
- 37:34 - Twenty-two years.
- 37:35 - Yitzchak, who wept because of Yaakov's suffering.
- 38:24 - Shem.
- 38:25 - She did not want to embarrass him in public.
- 38:26 - In the merit of her modesty.
- 38:30 - To allude to his descendent, Achan, who sinned with his hand by taking four things from the spoils of Jericho.
- 39:1 - To teach us that just as Tamar acted with pure motives, so did Potiphar's wife.
- 39:3 - Yosef mentioned Hashem's name frequently in his speech.
- 40:1 - The butler was imprisoned because a fly was found in the king's goblet, and the baker was imprisoned because a pebble was found in the king's bread.
- 40:4 - Twelve months.
- 40:5 - The baker dreamed the interpretation of the butler's dream.
- 40:23 - He remained in prison an additional two years.
|Yosef had two mothers: Rachel and Leah! Originally, Leah conceived Yosef and Rachel conceived Dina. But
Leah saw with divine inspiration that if she were to bear Yaakov's
seventh son, Rachel would bear only one son, and thus be less
than even the handmaids, Billah and Zilpah, who had two sons each.
Therefore, Leah prayed, and Hashem swapped her fetus with Rachel's.
Thus, Leah was in fact one of Yosef's mothers.|
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