27th of Av, 5774
Parashat Re'eh


Joseph

יוסף

Joseph

Quick Facts

Father Jacob
Mother Rachel
Brothers Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, Gad,Asher, Naphtali, Benjamin

Joseph was Jacob’s son. One of twelve, and the firstborn of Rachel.

Because Joseph’s father, Jacob, loved Rachel so much Joseph became Jacob’s favorite son. Jacob made Joseph a striped coat as a sign of his love for his son Joseph.

When Joseph was a young man, he had dreams which he told to his brothers, and they understood the dreams to mean that he wanted to be in charge of them.

Joseph Family Tree

After a while, his brothers got so angry at him that they threw him into a pit. While he was in the pit a caravan passed by and they picked him out of the pit and carried him to Egypt to sell as a slave.

When Joseph was sold in Egypt, he became a slave to a very important Egyptian. Joseph was such a hard worker that his owner gave him more and more responsibility until Joseph was in charge of the man’s house.

The man’s wife told a lie about Joseph and Joseph was thrown into prison. He was in a prison with Pharaoh’s Butler and Pharaoh’s wine steward.

Joseph was summoned from prison to interpret Pharaoh’s dream. He became viceroy and helped bring his family to Egypt during a time of famine.