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Genesis 37:1 - 40:23

Amos 2:6 - 3:8

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This Parashah covers Joseph's coat and dreams followed by his brother's reaction and selling him into slavery and the story of Joseph's life of slavery. It also includes an interlude with the story of Judah and Tamar. This posting includes multiple years of Torah portions done by Wisdom in Torah.

In this portion we cover in depth connections of Yeshua in the life of Joseph as a prophetic picture of Yeshua's ministry, death, burial, resurrection, while we also focus on the cultural perspective of the time frame of our forefathers. Knowing the context of the culture will open our understanding to why we need to consider this angle of study. I pray that this portion will help us get a greater understanding for why the brothers removed the garments from Joseph and why does the text makes such emphasis on this event. Chapter 38 will help us get an insight on the what does Seals represented in the ancient near east and why it was so important for Judah to send for them in the episode with Tamar.

This page includes Torah Portions from multiple years covered by Wisdom in Torah. Each year we covered the Torah from a different perspective so you can explore each Parashah from a different perspective and focus.

  • 2010 Portions: Focus on Messianic connections in the Parashah
  • ANET Portions: Focus on the ancient Near Eastern cultural context of the Parashah
  • Mitzvot Portions: Focus on explaining and exploring the commandments found in the Parashah (in progress)
  • 2015 Portions: Revisiting the Parashah looking at the ancient cultural context more in depth with additional areas that have been researched
  • Brit Portions: Focus on connecting the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) to the Parashah

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Rico Cortes

I am a teacher of Scriptures, Torah follower, and believer in Messiah Yeshua. I have been given the opportunity to share the Word of God with many believers around the world. My work as a servant of the Most High God has allowed me to be a voice to spread the good news of the New Testament, unveiling its truth through context and the obedience to the Almighty through his Torah.

30 thoughts on “Torah Portion Vayeshev Complete”

  1. Really good teaching one I needed to hear. Within the last year my husband and I have been through allot he had cancer treatments, our home flooded again and our 25 year old grandson was killed in a car accident. I was left angry and speechless it was hard to even pray other than saying Oh God !! I know He has done mighty things in my life but in this I began to wonder how much more I/we could take without falling completely apart. Then I watched a video interview of a family in Israel and how they lost everything during the fires there this year. He is an artist and had a wonderful perspective on what had happened. No he’s not a believer in Yeshua but he had such a profound faith and trust in HaShem that it caused me to realize exactly where I was in my walk. This teaching has also brought me to realize even more. Needless to say I’m a bit ashamed of myself and have repented over and over, oh yea and I know I don’t have to repent over and over but everytime I get a fresher understanding I just do. Thanks

  2. Loved this study time!!! So good to see you 2 together. It reminds me of our Israel trip with you both! Lots of insight. So thankful for you both. Yah’s blessings to you and your families. Looking forward to more of these!!!

  3. You are doing us all such favor by teaching us what you are studying. Thank you for bearing all that you do for us. There is so much we don’t know but these studies sure are helping! It’s like dry bones coming to life!

    When you said myrrh you got me to thinking. 37:25. After pitching Joseph into the pit, his brothers sat and ate bread – another parallel with what happened during Pesach with Yeshua when the leadership hurried off to keep Passover. The brothers also killed a kid and used its blood to cover their own sin for what they did to Joseph -the same one who would be their own savior later.

    Thanks so much.

  4. Where is this church that follows honor and shame spelled out in 1 Corinthians 5? I see Christians sleeping around and they have no shame. Even on praise and worship teams. Let us bring back this church that Yeshua HaMoshiach attended! This will remedy the powerless church.

  5. Shalom, Rico. What a joy it is for me getting to learn Torah from you. I am so very interested in the “Honor and Shame” theme for this Cycle. Thanks again for your faithfulness. Blessings, Kimberli

  6. What does Gal. 3:13 mean when it says that Yeshua became a curse for us. Seems (key word “seems”) contrary to Rico saying that Messiah was not accursed by God. Not accusing or disagreeing – just trying to understand.

    1. Isaiah 53:4
      Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
      And our sorrows He carried;

      Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
      Smitten of God, and afflicted.

      Notice the parallelism – Surely he (the Messiah) in actuality experienced for himself our grief and sorrow is paralleled by we (humanity) ESTEEMED him smitten by God. This verse is saying that humanity will believe that it was God who struck, smote, and afflicted Yeshua but the reality is that Yeshua was not being attacked by God but was experiencing human grief and suffering that we have caused ourselves by our depravity.

      When the author of Galatians says Yeshua became a curse, he is saying that Yeshua allowed himself to be cursed by humanity by being hanged on a tree. It wasn’t God’s command that put Yeshua on a tree, it was humanity’s injustice that put him on the tree. And remember, the Sadduccees who demanded his crucifixion believed that they were doing God’s will, when the text clearly shows that it was they who were in the wrong.

    2. Yes, the cross is a curse if you leave the body overnight in which Yeshua was not left overnight. The issue here is that Yeshua accepted the SHAME of the Cross which is the issue with shaming someone to take all honor away. In the Torah the cross is also Shameful and a curse but there are a few requirements for the cross to be a curse in the torah. One is that the person made a sin worthy of Death which Yeshua did not but was wrongly accused. The body must stay overnight in which Yeshua’s body did not. So, Yes Yeshua gave us Honor by accepting the Shaming of the leaders and rome but YHVH honored him by resurrecting him.

  7. All Judea was under Roman occupation; and the religious leadership was in cahootz with the Romans; yes as scripture shows, Yeshua was falsley accused; executed on a tree, and as the Torah commands taken down properly and buride; and then vindicated by the Father as evidence in raising Him from the dead; and to continue to have Yeshua hanging on the Roman Mizthar Cross; is a continuatiion of “bearing false witness”. Death penalty; how? Atah atah.

    This is why knowing the Covenant Law of Elohim; is greatly important. The Father works in accordance with Hi law; not arguments of how many prophesies Yeshua fulfilled; is why the Rabbi’s will beat you in any debate; this evidence for Yeshua; must be based as in a court of law (His) by His law.

    According to ANET, Rachel was Yacob’s wife of 1st postion, thereby her first son, Joseph was legal heir Among many wives, concubines; it is the Father’s chosing who is the first born. It it taught by some that Leah and Rachel were twins as were Essau and Jacob; the female twins were promised to the male twins; Leah to Essau and Rachel to Jacob; Essau looses out on 1st born; why? dishornored his parents by chasing after the Caanite women; that means Joacob broke his promise of marrying Essau to Leah; dishonor; Jacob would also have to have given the bride price; and now he looses that money; Essau owes; he comes back from “gaming” to find his father passing, it was Jacob who did the rights of firstborn by fixing the lentil meal, that was the duty of 1st born to fix the mourners meal; Essau he’s soooo hungry, eats it; dishonor; maybe all this dishonor and trouble to the father is what killed him; his eyes were dimm, full of sorrow, full of grief, for how his son treated him.

    This is being played out right now at the time of Chanukah, when Josephe is wrongly accused, for which the penalty is death; but Reuvin (whoi is largley nation of France) says we won’t killing him by our hands; let’s just throw him in the pit, this is a trial by ordeal, being played out in the UN General Assembly; and then to be approved by Un Security commision, the US will stand by silent like all the other brothers; go listen to Eddie Chummney’s recent teaching on Hebrew Nations; is very thorough. Bibi is going to emergency meeting in Rome; the ones who continue with the false witness; to give their vote for the Pal State on Christmans, which has been billed “bloody Christimas” can also listen to Rabbi Lazer Brody’s recent teaching on Joseph and Rueven; it’s France that throws Israel in the the UN PIT.

      1. Gene and Cassie Conroy

        Hi Isabela – just in case Behira doesn’t see your post soon, I just happened to be here doing our Torah study & reading through these great comments.
        This is the URL for the Eddie Chumney teaching on HNR:
        http://hebrewnationonline.com/blog/eddie-chumney-gives-keys-to-the-near-future-on-thursday-morning-show/
        If it doesn’t work for some reason – do a google search for Hebrew Nation Online & scroll down on the home page where it says : Eddie Chumney Gives Keys to the Near Future on Thursday Morning Show. Incidentally – after about two weeks of any particular teaching being “free” or downloadable from HNR – you will have to pay to do so. The subscription fees help the operators of the station/website offset the costs of their radio & website expenses as donations aren’t always consistent. So, if you want to listen to it & maybe listen again in the future I’d recommend recording it somehow (I use my iPhone) to store it if that’s something you want to do. Sometimes the download option doesn’t really work to store it on your computer or device. We DO donate to HNR because we believe in supporting their work but we cannot be regular monthly contributors. So I’m not suggesting anyone avoid donating here to help HNR, but some people cannot donate on a regular basis. So, just a few suggestions. They have many good teachings from various teachers hosted over there – sometimes Rico Cortes, Ryan White & Daniel McGirr, sometimes Joseph Good, many others that bless the Body of Moshiach with their research & time, etc…..We all help each other :))) Enjoy & Shabbat Shalom to you, love, Cassandra

  8. Per Book of Jasher, Tamar is the granddaughter of Shem. Chapter 45: 23 And in those days Judah went to the house of Shem and took Tamar the daughter of Elam, the son of Shem, for a wife for his first born Er.

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