Vayigash (Genesis 44.18-47:27)

44:18   What does “speak a word in my lord’s ears” mean?
            What do we learn from “and may your anger not flare up”?
44:20   What does “He alone is left to his mother” mean?
44:32   Why is Judah arguing for Benjamin’s release and not any of his brothers?
            What does “for all time” mean?
45:1     What could Joseph not endure?
45:2     What did Joseph’s loud cry signify?
45:3     What Hebrew song is taken from this verse?
            Why were the brothers disconcerted?
            What does this verse have to do with the sufferings and tragedies Jews have endured throughout history?
45:4     Why did Joseph want them to “come close”?
45:5     What is the significance of the word “now” at the beginning of this verse?
45:8     What does “as a father to Pharaoh” mean?
45:12   What do their eyes see?
            What does “and the eyes of my brother Benjamin” mean?
45:14   Why did Joseph fall on Benjamin’s neck and weep”?
            Why did Benjamin weep on Joseph’s neck?
45:15   What does “and afterwards” teach us?
45:17   With what are they to “load up” their animals?
45:18   What is Pharaoh unknowingly alluding to in this verse?
45:22   Why did Joseph give 300 pieces of silver to Benjamin and only to Benjamin?
45:23   What does “like this” mean?
45:24   What should they not be agitated about? Why?
45:27   How did the brothers prove to Jacob that Joseph was alive?
            What does “spirit” refer to?
            What does the verse have to do with how serious Jews identify themselves?
46:1     What does “to the G-d of his father Isaac” teach us?
46:2     What is the repetition of a person’s name an indication of?
46:3     What was Jacob afraid of?
            What does “I shall surely bring you up” mean?
46:7     Who are the daughters of his sons?
46:10   Who is the Canaanite woman?
46:14   Who is the person included in the 33 but not mentioned?
46:19   Why does it only refer to Rachel as “wife of Jacob?
46:26-27 Why is the Hebrew word for souls in the singular?
46:28    What was Judah to instruct?
             What is the aggadic Midrash about this verse?
             Why couldn’t Judah go to Egypt with everyone else and then do what he had to do?
46:29     Why did Jacob not weep nor fall on Joseph’s neck?
              Why did Jacob talk of death at his reunion with Joseph?
46:34     Why are the brothers to tell Pharaoh these words?
47:8-9    Why did Pharaoh ask Jacob how old he was and why did Jacob tell of his sojourns?
47:12     What does “according to the children” mean?
47:24     What is the Torah alluding to in this verse?
47:27     When were they “fruitful and multiplied”?

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