Parasha summaries are quoted or derived from MyJewishLearning.com
In this week’s Torah portion, Genesis 44:18-47:27, Joseph’s brothers refuse to return to Canaan without Benjamin, whom Joseph has falsely accused of theft. Joseph reveals his true identity and invites his brothers to return for their father, Jacob, and bring him and their families to Egypt to live. When they return, Joseph introduces his father to Pharaoh, and, at Pharaoh’s suggestion, the family settles in Goshen, a particularly fertile region of Egypt.
In keeping with the theme of reunion, the Haftarah for Vayigash, Ezekiel 37:15-28, looks to a time in the future when the kingdoms of Judah and Israel will no longer be separated: “I will make them a single nation in the land…Never again shall they be divided into two nations” (37:22).
The image below shows Joseph revealing himself to his brothers. It comes from a Bible card published 1907 by the Providence Lithograph Company.