Torah & Texts


By Sydney Mintz

When Joseph, or Yosef, first tests his brothers in Parshat Vayigash, Judah gets a chance to prove how far he’s come.

In this animated biblical short, Rabbi Sydney Mintz tells the story of three moral compasses of three very different brothers: Reuben, Joseph and Judah.

See also another take on Vayigash from filmmaker Liz Nord, here.

Parshat Vayigash (2008)

By Liz Nord

Are you ready for Joseph’s big reveal? Judah and his brothers are in for an ancient Biblical extreme makeover, as Liz Nord tells the tale, when they find out who’s *really* Pharaoh’s right hand man in Egypt.

Each week, a different storyteller – some musical, some poetic, some just straight-up, tell the story of the current weekly Torah portion…and then we animate it! This particular Parashat haShavua (פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ or “weekly Torah portion”) This episode is from Parshat Vayigash (וַיִּגַּשׁ “and he drew near” Genesis 44:18–47:27).


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