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Is this a chapter in Genesis or an episode of Game of Throne?! In Parshat Vayeishev (Genesis 37:1-40:23) the story of Joseph’s drama with his brothers is put on hold for us to learn about Judah and Tamar’s seemingly scandalous rendezvous. Why are we hearing about this story now? What does it mean and what can it possibly add to our understanding of the Joseph story?


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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: