Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at parsha ‘Vayeshev,’ (Genesis/Bereshiet chapters 37 through 40) and the first installment in the story of the life of Yosef, or Joseph, and what ultimately emerges as the ‘origin story’ of the two lines of kings that become the two houses, and outline an important picture of divisions that still persist today.

First, the Erev Shabbat overview of the entire portion:

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark observes that sometimes it can be the ‘small parts’ of the story that may provide the clues that help us understand not only the character of the players involved, but an insight into how what might seem very different about their lives and challenges can guide us today.

Who actually took Yosef out of that pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites? Was it his brothers, or the Midianites? And does it really matter? Maybe, but not for the reason we might have thought.

And we probably know that Joseph has been called the ‘suffering servant,’ and a “type and shadow” of at least one ‘aspect’ of the Messiah, a.k.a., Meshiach ben Yosef. He endured hardships in order to be in place to save many lives, including those who sold him into slavery. Today, we face what may be the biggest act of mass murder in human history, and a precursor to the coming “Mark of the Beaat,” as well. Any parallels there?

“Vayeshev: Sometimes It’s Vital to Refuse to Be Comforted”

The combined two-part podcast is here: