The eleventh reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayigash (ויגש), which means “and he came near.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “Then Judah [came near] him” (Genesis 44:18). The portion begins with the dramatic unveiling of Joseph’s true identity and his reconciliation with his brothers. It then proceeds to tell the story of the migration of Jacob’s family to Egypt and the rest of the famine years. This Torah portion begins to set the stage for the Egyptian captivity of the sons of Jacob.
We are nearing the end of the first “book” in The Torah: Genesis. Phase Zero is coming to an end at the end of this month and then we enter into the second book. The stage is set. What is this story all about?
This “Phase” we have been in since the end of October is the phase where the seed has been established. Now as we enter into the next phase I think it is time to adjust the Torah Reading inquiry a bit. Each week is looked at as a “window of opportunity” to connect to The Light in a particular way. It is only useful if you can apply it to your life.
This is an older video by Shaull but a very concise one that is good example of how it can apply to our lives.