VaYigash or Vaigash (וַיִּגַּשׁ — Hebrew for “and he drew near” or “then he drew near,” the first word of the parashah) is the eleventh weekly Torah portion ( פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.
TORAH Portion Reading 11 / Week 11
- HAF-TORAH (either PROPHETS or WRITINGS) – PROPHETS:
- BRIT CHADASHAH (NEW COVENANT / NEW TESTAMENT) – GOSPEL:
Matthew 1:18 – 2:12
Luke 1:26 – 2:20
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 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.
- Genesis 44:18 | Judah Pleads for Benjamin’s Release
- Genesis 45:1 | Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers
- Genesis 46:1 | Jacob Brings His Whole Family to Egypt
- Genesis 46:28 | Jacob Settles in Goshen
- Genesis 47:13 | The Famine in Egypt
- Eze 37:15 | The Two Sticks