In this week’s parsha, Yehuda, brother #4, tries to stop his brothers from leaving Yosef to rot in a pit. After the brothers had followed Reuven’s idea and thrown Yosef into a pit, Yehuda sees merchants traveling by and says (Chapter 37, verse 26) that they should sell Yosef to these traveling salesmen and make some money. “Why kill him?” Maybe that’s too extreme, after all…
In this week’s Parsha, Yaakov bestows his son Yosef with the wondrous striped coat. As the story goes, this gift caused an immense amount of jealousy between Yosef’s other brothers — so much so, that at the end of this story, Yaakov’s other sons sell Yosef into slavery. For our Torah Treat this week, we will be making our own coat of many colors. But don’t worry — let’s plan to make enough so that everyone has one, no one gets jealous, and we all live happily ever after.
At the end of this week’s parsha, VaYeishev, we find Joseph sitting in jail with the butler and the baker.
Like Parshat Noach and rainbows, this week’s Parsha, Parshat VaYeishev, has lots of craft possibilities because of the mentioning of the multi-colored coat that Yaakov bestows upon his beloved son Yosef.
This week Yosef takes center stage. He begins as a young boy in Canaan sharing his dreams with his brothers. He is sold into slavery and ends up in Egypt. He is thrown into prison and meets a baker and a cupbearer who have dreams who need to be interpreted.
Joseph was loved best by his father. Jacob gave him a beautiful coat of many colors. Help Joseph find his new coat. Shabbat Shalom!
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