The Message of Yosef: Gam Zu L’Tova

פרשת ויגש
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Written by:
Mrs. Norma Mintz
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ברכה ראשונה

  • Suggested Berachot Rishonot that are specifically connected to the topic at hand
  • You do not need to include ritualized or general berachot rishonot unless there are ones specifically connected to the limmud

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

3 And Joseph said unto his brethren: 'I am Joseph; doth my father yet live?' And his brethren could not answer him; for they were affrighted at his presence.

4 And Joseph said unto his brethren: 'Come near to me, I pray you.' And they came near. And he said: 'I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

5 And now be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither; for God did send me before you to preserve life.

6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land; and there are yet five years, in which there shall be neither plowing nor harvest.

7 And God sent me before you to give you a remnant on the earth, and to save you alive for a great deliverance.

 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God; and He hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

ג  וַיֹּאמֶר יוֹסֵף אֶל-אֶחָיו, אֲנִי יוֹסֵף, הַעוֹד אָבִי חָי; וְלֹא-יָכְלוּ אֶחָיו לַעֲנוֹת אֹתוֹ כִּי נִבְהֲלוּ מִפָּנָיו

ד  וַיֹּאמֶר יוֹסֵף אֶל-אֶחָיו, גְּשׁוּ-נָא אֵלַי, וַיִּגָּשׁוּ; וַיֹּאמֶר, אֲנִי יוֹסֵף אֲחִיכֶם, אֲשֶׁר-מְכַרְתֶּם אֹתִי מִצְרָיְמָה.

ה  וְעַתָּה אַל-תֵּעָצְבוּ וְאַל-יִחַר בְּעֵינֵיכֶם כִּי-מְכַרְתֶּם אֹתִי הֵנָּה:  כִּי לְמִחְיָה שְׁלָחַנִי אֱלֹקים לִפְנֵיכֶם

ו  כִּי-זֶה שְׁנָתַיִם הָרָעָב, בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ; וְעוֹד חָמֵשׁ שָׁנִים, אֲשֶׁר אֵין-חָרִישׁ וְקָצִיר.

ז  וַיִּשְׁלָחֵנִי אֱלֹקים לִפְנֵיכֶם לָשׂוּם לָכֶם שְׁאֵרִית בָּאָרֶץ וּלְהַחֲיוֹת לָכֶם לִפְלֵיטָה גְּדֹלָה.

ח  וְעַתָּה, לֹא-אַתֶּם שְׁלַחְתֶּם אֹתִי הֵנָּה, כִּי הָאֱלֹהִים; וַיְשִׂימֵנִי לְאָב לְפַרְעֹה וּלְאָדוֹן לְכָל-בֵּיתוֹ, וּמֹשֵׁל בְּכָל-אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם.

  1. Why does Yosef feel they should not be upset at themselves for what they did to him?
  2. Do you agree with Yosef that they should not be upset at themselves for their actions?Partner: What is something you went through in your life, wherein someone may have mistreated you or done something wrong, but the end result had benefits that you did not anticipate? Have you forgiven that person?

    Come back together: What are some benefits people want to share of negative events that became positive for their partners? 

  3. Look at passuk 8: Yosef “credits” Hashem for being sold to Egypt. How do people feel about that?

ברכה אחרונה

  • Place your beracha achrona here
  • You can have one or multiple suggestions

Notes to the teacher

  • This is the place to make suggestions to the teacher of different ways they may choose to facilitate this limmud
  • Or particular grade levels or sensitivities to take into account
  • Or anything else you think is important for the teacher to know

עבודת המורה

  • This is the place to raise some questions that make sure the teacher tests the limmud on themselves or others
  • Could be a general question like - which part of the limmud resonated most for you? Which question was the hardest for you to answer?
  • Or questions anticipating students’ responses- What do you think students will say for X or Y? To what extent are you open to being surprised?
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