Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Mikeitz

wm-dore-bible-joseph-brethren-thumb-640x640-1846My youngest son’s birthday is during the festival of Chanukah. This is his Torah portion and it holds a special place in my heart, because my husband read it to me when I was in labor with my little dude.
This week we pick up the story of Joseph who has been promoted to the second in command over all Egypt, the famine and the appearance of his brothers in the land of his exile; you can read about it here: Mikeitz – Genesis 41:1 – 44:17

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 41:1-14 (14 p’sukim)

2: 41:15-38 (24 p’sukim)

3: 41:39-52 (14 p’sukim)

4: 41:53-42:18 (23 p’sukim)

5: 42:19-43:15 (35 p’sukim)

6: 43:16-29 (14 p’sukim)

7: 43:30-44:17 (22 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is I Kings 3:15 – 4:1.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Bereishit by Dr. Hollisa Alewine


Parshat Mikeitz from the Rabbi David Fohrman at AlephBeta (this is for this week’s portion, in particular), which you can view on the AlephBeta Website.

The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will be focusing on the middah (virtue) of bitachon which can be translated as trust. 

Dr. Brené Brown recently did a lecture on the subject of trust. She presents seven concepts based on extensive research that will help people determine whether they can and should trust someone else and how to be a trustworthy individual; she has made these concepts into an acronym: B.R.A.V.I.N.G.

Listen to the lecture and get out a 4×6 card. Put Bitachon (Trust) at the top and as you listen, begin listing the seven concepts for quick reference, like this:

B –
R –
A –
V –
I –
N –
G  –

Blessings and Shalom,