These shadows grow even more defined in this week’s Torah portion, ויחי Vayechi (“he lived,” Gen. 47:28–50:26). In this fourth and last section on Yosef‘s life, we see parallels between pharaoh, Yosef and Ya’akov, and the Father, the Son and the people called Yisra’el.
Two patriarchs die in this chapter. It starts with the death of Yisra’el (Ya’akov) and ends with the death of Yosef.
After Yisra’el died, Yosef became, for all intents and purposes, the elder brother of the family. However, the brothers wondered whether Yosef’s forgiveness was only skin deep or whether it went all the way to his core.
When the brothers realized the depths of Yosef’s love and forgiveness they make a vow to him, which their descendants fulfilled 200 years later.
- How did the people of Mitzraim “embalm” Yisra’el’s body?
- How did the ancients actually “embalm” the dead (Song of Solomon 2:13)?
- How long did Yosef mourn his father?
- How long did it take them to embalm Yisra’el?
- How long did it take the people of Mitzraim to mourn Yisra’el?
- Why is the number 40 important?
Reader: Bill. Speaker: Richard Agee.