The Parsha Discussion: Vayeshev — Brotherly Hatred

Posted by Alex Israel on December 7, 2017
Topics: The Parsha Discussion, VaYeshev

The family violence of Parshat Vayeshev is startling and disturbing. How can one brother think of killing another brother?

Joseph is depicted by the Torah as a talebearer and an egocentric 17-year-old. We can imagine that he might have been quite annoying, but is that a reason to kill him?

  • How do families, and we might say, the Jewish family, become so toxic?
  • How do we reach a point at which the Jewish people become so fractious?

In this week’s Parsha Discussion, Rabbi Alex Israel examines three perspectives on this story.

Click here to read more from this week’s Parsha Discussion on Vayeshev: Brotherly Hatred.



About Alex Israel

Alex teaches Bible at Pardes and is the Director of the Community Education Program and the Summer Program. Alex was born and raised in London. He holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education London and Bar-Ilan University. Alex studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehudah Amital, and gained Rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate. Click here to read more.

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