Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)
47:28 What is unique about this Torah Portion as it is written in the Torah?
47:29 What does “the time approached for Israel to die” mean?
Why does the verse contain the words “for Joseph”?
Why did Jacob ask Joseph to place his hand under Jacob’s thigh?
What does “kindness and truth” mean? Why?
What are three reasons why Jacob didn’t want to be buried in Egypt?
Why didn’t Jacob just command Joseph not to bury him in Egypt instead of requesting him not to do so?
47:31 Why did Jacob bow towards Joseph?
What do we learn from “toward the head of the bed”?
What does this verse have to do with leading a sin free life?
48:1 Who is talking to Joseph?
Why did Joseph take his two sons to Jacob?
What is unique about the cause of Jacob’s death?
What is the Jewish way of looking at terminal diseases and the Challenger Shuttle explosion?
48:2 Who is talking to Jacob?
Why did Jacob exert himself? What do we learn from this?
48:5 What does “they are mine” mean?
48:7 Why does Jacob mention Rachel at this point?
Why was Rachel buried there?
What do we learn from this verse about doing the right thing for the right reason?
What are the Jewish laws regarding the location where the deceased is buried?
48:8 Why did Jacob say “Whose are these?”?
48:9 What is “with this” referring to?
What does this verse have to do with a “ben sorer umoreh”, a glutonous and rebellious son?
48:14 What does “he moved his hands with intelligence” mean?
48:19 Why is Ephraim destined to become greater than Menasseh?
What do we learn from this verse?
48:20 Why is “make you” in the singular in Hebrew?
What two things were so special about Ephraim and Menassah?
What do we learn about how well we educate our children Jewishly from them?
48:22 How do we know that “one” does not refer to Shechem?
What does “with my sword and with my bow mean”?
49:1 Why didn’t Jacob tell them about the End of Days?
What does this verse teach us about Divine inspiration and maintaining one’s spirit?
49:3-6 What do we learn about leadership from these verses?
49:4 What does “Haste like water” mean?
49:5 Why did Jacob say “Simeon and Levi are brothers”?
What does “stolen tools” refer to?
49:6 What incidents in the future is this verse referring to?
Who is the man?
Who is the ox?
49:7 How were they divided?
49:9 Who is the lion cub?
49:10 Who does “nor a lawgiver between his feet” refer to?
Who is Shiloh?
49:13 What does “his end is at Sidon” mean?
49:14 What is the donkey’s burden?
49:17 Why is Dan compared to a snake?
49:22 Which girls stepped up to gaze?
49:28 What do we learn from this verse about parents knowing what’s best for their children?
50:5 What do we learn from the Hebrew word “kariti”, I bought?
50:13 What does this verse have to do about becoming indifferent to injustice?
50:15 What do we learn from this verse about vengeance?
50:21 What does this verse have to do about making a “shiva” call?
50:23 In the Torah the final letter of the Hebrew word “shilayshim” (three generations) is extra large. Why?
Chazak, Chazak v’Nitchazeyk
Be Strong! Be Strong! And May We Be Strengthened !