Vayechi (ויחי | He lived)
Rabbi Cliff Maynard
Senior Rabbi, The Rock Of Israel Congregation
Vice President, National Jewish Fellowship Of The AG
The righteous, even in death are called living…whereas the evil, even while alive, are called dead. (Brochos 18a)
So how does this apply to Parshat Vayechi, especially considering Vayechi means “He Lived,” in reference to Jacob? The statement from the Talmud and the name Parshat Vayechi seems even a little more off kilt, considering this parsha tells the story of the death of Jacob, then shortly followed by the death of Joseph. Nevertheless, The statement from the Talmud fits the patriarch Ya’akov, and his son Yo’sef very well, as they were both righteous men. Their righteous lives still speak to us today, as the words jump off the pages of Torah and into our hearts.
I am enamored with the…
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