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Parshat Vayeshev

PARSHA ON PARADE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY
OF MY DEAR FATHER AND REBBI:
HARAV HAGAON RAV YESHAYA SHIMANOWITZ Z'TZL ,
ROSH YESHIVA
IN
YESHIVAS RABAINU YAAKOV YOSEF
(RABBI JACOB JOSEPH YESHIVA - RJJ)
IN NYC FOR OVER 23 YEARS.
NIFTAR ON 20 ADAR 5758 - MARCH 18, 1998.
MAY HE BE A MAYLITZ YOSHER FOR ALL OF KLAL YISROEL.

AND

MY DEAR MOTHER
REBITZEN BRACHA ETEL SHIMANOWITZ A'H
WHO DEVOTED HER ENTIRE LIFE TO MY FATHER AND HIS TORAH,
NIFTERA ON 21 TEVET 5770 - WED EVE. JANUARY 6, 2010.
MAY SHE BE A MAYLITZA YOSHER FOR ALL OF KLAL YISROEL


Menachim Z. Shimanowitz

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PARSHA
FACTS

NO MITZVOT IN THIS PARSHA

NUMBER OF PESUKIM (SENTENCES): 112

NUMBER OF WORDS: 1558

NUMBER OF LETTERS: 5972

Vayeishev is read on the Shabbat before Chanukah when Rosh HaShanah was not on Shabbat. (On rare occasions, it is Shabbat Chanukah, and not Mikeitz. When Chanukah starts on Shabbat, both Vayeishev & Mikeitz are read on Chanukah.)

HAFTORA: (Additional portion, from Prophets, which is read after the Parsha)
Amos 2:6 - 3:8

Chanukah starts after sundown, Tuesday, December 12 (after nightfall), and lasts for eight days thru Wednesday, December 20.


פרשת וישב
THE
PARSHA
In our last episode Yaakov and his family made it back to Canaan where Yaakov first faced off with a Malach (angel) and then with Esav. The Malach and Yaakov wrestled until dawn when the Malach was forced to cry "uncle" and give Yaakov a bracha (blessing). The Malach renamed Yaakov 'Yisroel' meaning "fought with a Malach and won."

Esav was a different story. He came marching with 400 soldiers and Yaakov walked away with a hug and an open invitation. Yaakov finally made it back to his father Yitzchok's house, But by that time, his wife Rachel had died, and his mother Rivka had passed on too.


As our Parsha opens, the Torah tells us that of all twelve sons, Yosef, Rachel's son, is Yaakov's favorite. That's only one reason why the ten sons of Leah, Bilha and Zilpa don't like Yosef much. The number one reason is that Yosef is a tattle-tale! You've got to understand that all ten brothers are tzadikim (righteous people). But tzadikim are judged more harshly than others, and Yosef has a bad habit of playing both judge and jury. He waits in the bushes for his brothers to make a slip, and then, instead of gently correcting them, he runs to his father and tattles on them.

The brothers turn into a bunch of nervous wrecks! After all, look how Avrohom kicked Yishmael out of the house for Yitzchok's sake. Everyone knows that Yosef is the first-born of Rachel, the favorite wife. Maybe Yaakov will kick them out too. It doesn't help when Yaakov makes Yosef a real keen long-sleeved silk coat of many colors. Now Yosef struts around in his new duds advertising that he's the favorite.


DREAM
WEAVER
Dream 1 One night Yosef dreams that he and his brothers are tying up stalks of grain in the field. Yosef's bundle rises up in the air. Then the brothers' bundles all bow down to Yosef's bundle. The next day Yosef runs out to tell his brothers all about it. This really curls their toes. They know what Yosef is thinking and they hate him for acting so superior to them.

But Yosef's immaturity and their jealousy doesn't discount the dream. It would come true. There are just a couple of details that need to unravel. Yes, his brothers will bow down to him, but they won't know it is him. They'll think it is an Egyptian Viceroy receiving the honor. And what about the stalks of grain? Little do they know that there will be a terrible famine that will force them to go to Egypt to buy grain.

Dream 2 Soon after, Yosef has another dream. In this one, Yosef is a star in the sky. Eleven smaller stars, the sun and the moon surround him and bow to him. Yosef has got to tell his brothers about this one! He's so excited, he doesn't even wait for his brothers to be alone. He announces his dream at the dinner table while Yaakov listens in. Yaakov is a smart man. He knows how this all looks to his other sons. They are going to hate Yosef for making them look inferior before Yaakov. So he tells Yosef that the dream is just a ridiculous illusion, especially since the moon represents Rachel, and Rachel is dead. But secretly Yaakov waits to see how this prophecy pans out.


SELLOUT
IN
SHECHEM
One day Yaakov asks Yosef to travel out to the fields of Shechem where the brothers are tending the family sheep. Yaakov is worried about their safety because, after all, Shimon and Levi did massacre the entire town. Yosef heads out to Shechem but by the time he gets there they are gone. A Malach (Gavriel), in Sheik's clothing, informs Yosef that his brothers have gone off to an area called Dasan.

When Yosef finally catches up with them, the brothers decide to do some catching up of their own - catching up on punishing Yosef for acting so high and mighty. They decide they'd better do away with him before he does away with them. Of course, Shimon and Levi vote to kill Yosef and then claim he was torn apart by wild animals. Yosef in the Well But Reuven, the oldest brother, keeps a cool head. "He's just a foolish kid," Reuven exclaims. "Let's throw him in a snake pit instead, and if Hashem wants Yosef to die, that's Hashem's business." They all agree to Reuven's plan and lower him down the hole. Now, Reuven secretly figures on rescuing Yosef after nightfall. Once out of the pit, Reuven will bring him home to Yaakov. But when Reuven leaves for a little while, the plan quickly goes awry. An Arab caravan passes by. Yehuda has an idea. "Let's sell Yosef to the Arabs and turn this "mighty ruler' into a slouching slave. So they sell off Yosef for 20 pieces of silver and use the money to buy themselves shoes.

When Reuven returns, he is shocked to see that Yosef is no longer in the pit. Teaching him a lesson is one thing, but selling him is a terrible tragedy. What will they tell their father, Yaakov? Well, that's simple enough; they slaughter a goat and dip Yosef's coat in the blood. Instantly, their father recognizes the coat and proclaims that Yosef has been torn apart by a wild animal. Needless to say, Yaakov is devastated! From that day on, for the next 22 years, Yaakov sits in mourning for Yosef. The brothers realize the terrible sin they have committed. They decide to dedicate their lives to finding Yosef and reuniting him with their father.


FROM
MERCHANDISE
TO
MASTER
These caravans usually carry foul-smelling kerosene and tar. But lucky for Yosef, these Arab merchants are carrying fragrant spices. It really wasn't luck at all. It was Hashem making sure that the tzadik Yosef would not smell those offensive odors.

Soon enough, Yosef is traded again. Now he is in Egypt working for Pharoh's minister Potifar. Although Yosef starts as a slave, he quickly climbs the ladder of success and winds up as Potifar's right hand man. Now he is in charge of the entire household. Why, Yosef isn't even treated as a slave anymore!

With Yosef in charge, Potifar becomes a real rich dude. Yosef has Potifar divesting stocks, buying bonds, investing in the Egyptian slave market and profiting like never before! Just when Yosef starts to have too good a time, Hashem steps up the pressure. After all, while Yosef is living the good life, Yaakov is sitting shiva (mourning) back in Canaan. Hashem decides it is time to test Yosef to see if he will remain a tzadik with all this newfound success in Egypt. Here's the thing; Yosef is a great tzadik, but at age 17 he is also a teenager. As it turns out, Yosef has a youthful flaw; he loves brushing his long hair. Well, if Yosef is so concerned about his looks, the test will involve beauty. Hashem sends Potifar's wife after Yosef. She tries to get him to notice her. But he resists her whims. Finally she gets so frustrated that she has her husband throw him in jail.


JAIL
BIRD
Even in jail Yosef is able to rise to the top. Since the jailers can trust him, they give him lots of freedom. Eventually, they make him a supervisor. Yosef remains in the prison for ten years. At the height of Yosef's prison career, two new prisoners join the dungeon crew; The king's number one butler and the number one baker. The butler is in the pen because Pharoh found a fly in his drink. The baker is here because Pharoh found a stone in his bread.

One morning the butler and the baker wake up very disturbed - they each have had a dream that has left them puzzled. Luckily Yosef is an expert at dreaming. He convinces these guys to tell him their dreams and, with Hashem's help, he will interpret them.

Butler's Dream Here's the butler's dream: There are three grape vines. He holds Pharoh's cup beneath them and squeezes juice from the grapes. Then he hands the cup to Pharoh. Pretty standard dream. This butler lives the "exciting" life of handing drinks to Pharoh every day. So why shouldn't he dream about it too? But this dream is very significant. According to Yosef, The butler's luck is about to change. In three days, Pharoh will change his mind and let bygones be bygones. The butler will be back in business!

Baker's Dream The baker's dream is a different story. He dreams that he's carrying three baskets on his head. The top basket contains Pharoh's bread. A bunch of birds come swooping down and eat the bread in the top basket. The baker's dream tells Yosef one thing for sure: The baker's bread is baked! In three days the baker will be hanged.

Sure enough, three days later Pharoh has a birthday bash. He frees the butler and hangs the baker just like Yosef said. Yosef catches the butler on his way out. "Please tell Pharoh that I have been sitting in jail wrongly accused for the past ten years". The butler agrees, but Hashem doesn't. It is not yet time for the dreamer to go free.

Tune in next week when Hashem decides that the time is right for Yosef's dreams to come true in the next exciting episode of:

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