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10 Minute parsha video

Vayigash: The Epic Confrontation Between Judah and Joseph

A fascinating Biblical echo


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Judah once allowed a son of Rachel to be taken, but in this week’s parsha, he offers to sacrifice himself instead of Benjamin, because Jacob’s soul is bound up in the soul of Benjamin. Where do we see the same language used centuries later? In this video, Rabbi Fohrman explores a fascinating Biblical echo and helps us answer, what is heroism?



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Rabbi David Fohrman

About the Author: Rabbi David Fohrman is the dean of Aleph Beta Academy. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, and was a lead writer and editor for ArtScroll's Talmud translation project. Aleph Beta creates videos to help people experience Torah in way that is relevant and meaningful to them. for more videos, visit: alephbeta.org.


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  1. Ch Hoffman says:

    this interpretation is strained because it starts with the Aggadic premise that Yosef was a "Tzaddik" and must therefore paint whatever he did in a positive light.

    A pure reading of the text is not so kind to Yosef


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