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Vayyeshev "And He Dwelt" B'reishit 37:14-40:23    
Published Mon Dec 26 2011    
Settled down / have a home, security, loving people around you and a good life sowing the seeds of
creation in service to HaShem, and the greatest ideal of it have peace. It is worthy of note that the mention of
dwelt..and then Ya'akov reporting his brothers bad behaviour thereafter (verse 2 below), could give rise to those
who do not engage in Torah study make for the devils work. Ya'akov clearly would set up his Torah school where
ever he went, but as we see even in todays world that those who become stationary and build communities and
countries end up colluding against those who do the right things....idle minds so to speak and forgetting about the
truth. Then heaven forbid boys clubs start up. Those who dwell in lands and are not studious do tend to make wars
against the innocent...with particular reference to the Political Zionist Agenda. British communities are an
abomination of evil administrations with evil schemes being forged by the NAZI's...military, christians, masons,
police, associated business. Jacob's family were now growing up and working. The Torah dedicates the remaining
chapters of Genesis to the teaching of Joseph, the second youngest of Jacob's sons. Previously, we read that
Jacob first saw Rachel and loved her, he was tricked into marrying Leah first. Rachel in her anguish of initially not
being able to conceive, eventually bore Joseph who was to get the blessing of leadership over his brothers, who
HaShem's will. His family likewise were part of the promise (Gen 16 & 17) accepted by Abraham. Living the true
word of HaShem brings many problems, mainly because others find problem with that. Standing up for the truth
means speaking out against the evil one and not being complacent  

  • 37:2  Divine generations of Jacob. Joseph, at the age of seventeen, was pasturing the flocks with his
    brothers. He was a youth growing up with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his fathers wives. Joseph brought
    evil reports about them to his father  

Isaac / Jacob knew that there were more spiritual qualities existent in Joseph, and himself was a patriarch and
committed to HaShem

  • 37:3 Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than any of his sons; for he was a wise son, so he made him a robe
    with sleeves 4 His brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of his brothers and they hated
    him. They did not want to speak peaceably with him

Midrash or other episodes not in the written word of G-d HaShem, can be used to assist us in learning the Torah  
and understand HaShem. As long as we do not modify the written Torah and follow mens traditions in its place

Dreams and the laws of nature: Dreams play an important role in Yosef's life and the teachings surrounding his
fortunes. Yosef studied Torah and could see HaShem's hand at work through dreams. Joseph seems in all
innocence, wanting to share his life and feelings with his brothers, thinking that was the thing to do. The fulfillment
of Joseph's dreams took 22 years. When you begin to pray don't expect miracles to happen. HaShem wants to see
you in action

  • Gen 37:5 Joseph had a dream and told it to his brothers. Then they hated him more

Joseph had a second dream that reinforced the first one. His brothers reacted adversely suggesting he sought
grandeur over them. The dreams however did state that they would be subservient to him and were prophetic. The
royal bloodline, one might surmise should have been prepared for such dynamics or revelations of this kind.
However, their reaction to Jacob's revelations and declarations are clear   

  • Gen 37:9 He dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers. He said "behold, I dreamed another dream;
    and, behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me"

Isaac sent Yosef to get news of his brothers. Yosef's father Isaac / Ya'akov all those years ago had his life
threatened by his brother Esav. Now his Yosef's life is threatened by his brothers

  • Gen 37:18 They saw him from afar. Before he approached them, they thought about him, to kill him

HaShem uses everyone and in the most unusual ways at times. Mans own activities largely effect the outcome of
things. One might conclude that a person can change their destiny by returning to HaShem (Teshuvah). Reuben
and Judah were the two brothers who averted a killing, the best they could do was have him thrown into a pit with
no water in it (37:24) and was therefore hostile. Water is the giver of life as is the Torah. Again we see that while two
brothers tried to stop wrongful acts, others had evil in them.
  • B'Reishit 37:1 Ya'akov settled down in the land of his father's
    sojourning, in the land of Canaan
28). However the brothers were pre-empted by passing Midianites who took Yosef from the pit and
then sold him to the Arabs who then took him to and sold him in Egypt. All blame and guilt lies with
the brothers for there barbaric treatment of Yosef

  • Gen 37:28 Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of
    the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels[c] of silver. They took Joseph to

Y'hudah and Tamar: an apparent interlude appears in the Torah concerning the events of Y'hudah
and his bloodline being born. It was from Y'hudah that the messianic dynasty was born...the
Messiah. It is hardly conceivable that Judah should do what was forbidden previously, to marry a

  • Gen 38:2 Judah saw the daughter of a Canaanite there by the name of Shua. He married and
    cohabited with her

This ended in disaster as his offspring all died through evil practices (38:7-10) Through this, Judah
met Tamar, and this union instated the Messianic bloodline and Israelite Monarchy. Again twins are
born. A breach caused Perez to be first

  • Gen 38:29 When he retracted his hand, behold, his brother exited. She said, "What great
    strength you have to act strongly" Therefore he was named Perez 30 Then his brother exited,
    on whose hand was the crimson thread. He was named Zerah

Joseph was taken to Egypt by Arabs and sold to an influential courtier of Pharaoh.

  • 39:2 HaShem was with Joseph, and he became a successful man; and he remained in the
    house of his Egyptian master

HaShem is demonstrating his deity over all creation. Joseph is not only saved but being elevated to
office and authority in Egypt. Although man is given dominion over the earth, he is not given
ownership. He also maintains his righteous walk in HaShem, the main precepts being morality, not
to spill blood and idolatry.   

  • 39:5 And it happened, that from the time he (Potiphar) appointed him in his house and over
    whatever he had, HaShem blessed the Egyptian's house on Joseph's account, so that
    HaShem's blessing was in whatever he owned, in the house and in the field

Joseph the innocent spoke his heart (Torah) and was outcast by his brothers. HaShem showed his
power of all creation by saving him. It is our actions that largely determine how things go for us. The
sequence of human events that caused the house of Israel's descent into Egyptian bondage, began
when Avraham returned to Egypt, and also what happened here to Yosef at the hands of his
brothers. Jacob also gave Joseph a special coat which further antagonized the brothers. We cannot
blame HaShem for our shortcomings. HaShem has shown time and again how he can and will
show us his right hand and deliver people...even the wicked at times, and we rebuke him for it. The
responsibility is upon us to act appropriately even the most difficult of circumstances. Maybe the
brothers should have dealt with the situation differently. Yosef was a great Torah Scholar and the
importance of this teaching comes into its own when in the most difficult of circumstances. It means
of course that Yosef would have complete faith and trust in HaShem at all times and remember the
teachings that were accepted by him when he was with his father Ya'akov. Knowing the Torah and
doing what is right is the element of deliverance. This next parallel in the Torah concerning the false
accusations that were made against him by Potiphar's wife after he had refused to have carnal
relations with her. Food or bread is also used as an symbolic expression in scripture. It is mainly
meant as the Torah, but the essential requirements for our lives. Adultery and coveting ones wife or
neighbour is a most serious transgression (Ex 20:13)

  • Gen 39:6 So he left all that he had in Joseph's charge, and because of him he had no
    concern about anything but the food he ate.

After much pressure and enticement from Potiphar's wife, Yosef responds

  • Gen 39:8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, “Behold, because of me my master
    has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my
    charge. 9 He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me
    except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin
    against God?” 10 And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie
    beside her or to be with her

It is the lie that makes war against the Torah and this was the case with Yosef when she falsely
accused him of rape. Likewise his brothers used the spirit of the evil one instead of the Torah...
incredible when the greatest teachings were available to them in proximity to Ya'akov their father. By
humbly accepting what happened and the events thereafter, Yosef showed his mastery of Torah and
HaShem was then able to guide him through th most difficult of circumstances. Yosef always
credited HaShem and the laws of nature a the source of his blessings and salvation. Yosef who
understood HaShem's ways embraced him when he saw his hand at work; and so rebuked the evil
  • B'reishit 40:8 They said to him "we dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter in it" Yosef
    replied to them "do not interpretations belong to G-d?. Please tell it to me

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