This week’s teaching is based on Torah Reading Va-Yechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26). In this class, Ross points out that the theme connecting the Torah and Prophets reading is death. Jacob and Joseph die by the end of our story, and the prophet reading tells of the death of King David. Rather than focusing however on death, the name of the Torah portion, VaYechi, means “and he lived.” This teaching, therefore, by weaving the historical narrative and later Torah commands illustrates providence and the preservation of life for the faithful today.

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