TORAH Portion 9
Vayeshev, Vayeishev, or Vayesheb (וַיֵּשֶׁב — Hebrew for “and he lived,” the first word of the parashah) is the ninth weekly Torah portion ( פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. The parashah constitutes Genesis 37:1–40:23.
VaYeshev – He settled — וישב
TORAH (First Five Books of the Holy Biblical Scriptures / Books of Moses):
- Genesis 37:1-40:23
HAF-TORAH (usually PROPHETS and/or WRITINGS) – Prophets:
- Amos 2:6-3:8
BRIT CHADASHAH (a.k.a New Covenant/Testament) – Gospel:
- Matthew 1:18-25
Note: The regular readings above are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions.
The ninth reading from the book of Genesis is named VaYeshev (וישב), which means “and he dwelt.”
The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “Now Jacob [dwelt] in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan” (Genesis 37:1).
Despite the portion’s name and first verse, the story is actually about Jacob’s son Joseph and how he was removed from the land of Canaan and dwelt in Egypt.
The narrative follows Joseph from Canaan to Egypt to prison. In addition, this week’s reading contains the story of Judah and Tamar.
- Genesis 37:1 | Joseph Dreams of Greatness
- Genesis 37:12 | Joseph Is Sold by His Brothers
- Genesis 38:1 | Judah and Tamar
- Genesis 39:1 | Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
- Genesis 40:1 | The Dreams of Two Prisoners
- Amo 2:6 | Judgment on Israel
- Amo 3:1 | Israel’s Guilt and Punishment