A Shabbat Nugget: Parashat Vayechi

In this week’s Torah portion we read about Joseph being told that Jacob is ill.  So, Joseph then takes his two sons Menashe and Efrayim with him to Jacob to receive a blessing from him before his passing.

The Torah continues to tell us how Jacob kissed and hugged Menashe and Efrayim and he said these most inspirational words to Joseph, “I never even hoped to see your face, but, now G-d has even let me see your children.”

Rabbi Samson Refael Hirsch teaches that the word the Torah uses for hope, “Filalti” is the root of the word that we use for prayer, Tefillah.  Tefillah means prayer and also comes from the word for connection.  However, perhaps the Sages chose this word for prayer to teach us that when a person makes prayer a part of his life, he will receive blessings beyond his wildest imagination.

Shabbat Shalom!

About Rabbi Pesach Scheiner

Rabbi Pesach Scheiner is the Rabbi of Boulder County Center for Judaism. In addition, he teaches extensively throughout Boulder County and is the author of "Finding the Joy in Everyday Living," a book of short chapters explaining the ways to access happiness through appreciation, gratitude, and a sense of purpose.

Check Also

Boulder Teens Invited to Learn About Summer Israel Trip Opportunity

This trip is open to teens who identify as Jewish or teens who are connected to the Colorado Jewish community and who are currently juniors in high school.  

CU Boulder Hillel Hosts Comedy For Peace Show

The dinner and show took place at Rosenberg's Deli on the Hill last Friday with more than 50 students in attendance. The show started after a traditional Kiddush and Shabbat dinner.