Parsha “Vayigash” (Genesis 44:18-47:27) begins with the ‘cliffhangar’ that ended the previous parsha, when “Judah comes near” to the man he does not YET realize is his brother Joseph, and gives the most important speech of his life,
The Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) study picks it up there:
Most of the time, when we take a deeper look at this parsha, the focus is on the central figures: Judah, who becomes the first “penitent” in Scripture, admits his serious mistake, and “mans up” to take responibility for, and the place of, his youngest brother, Benyamin. And Yosef, who becomes the first human to forgive another.
But there’s another element this year, in “such a time as this,” which merits our attention, too. When the people of Mitzraim (Egypt) finally run out of silver (aka, “money”), they first sell all their livestock, then finally their land, and even themselves, into bondage, in exchange for food to live. And Joseph imposes a feudal duty on them: a full fifth, or 20%, of their produce.
Would it be wonderful if modern Big Brother Pharoah was even half so benevolent!
If you compare Joseph’s Pharoah to the modern, and ‘evolving,’ Beast — a different picture emerges.
Join Mark Call as he takes a look at prophecies we’ve all heard about, and been watching for, as we head into…
“Vayigash: Joseph’s Pharoah vs ‘the Beast’ — By Their Masks Ye Shall Know Them!”
The combined two-part teaching is here:, via Hebrew Nation Radio.