Shabbat Vayeshev (Gen 37:1 – 40:23)

Jacob settles in the land of Canaan and begins to dote on his son Joseph more than the rest of his children, including buying him a special ornamental tunic. The other boys don’t think this is exactly a bowl of cherries

Worse still, Joseph begins telling of dreams he has where he is superior to all of them. This creates seeds of anger even in Jacob.

While the other brothers plot to cut up Joseph and core him like an apple, Reuben prevails on them so that Joseph merely finds himself stripped of his colorful cloths and thrown into a ditch.

However, Reuben’s plan to dig Joseph out of the emotional hole he’d created fails when he discovers that his baby brother was sold to slavers and sent down to Egypt.

While Joseph does well for a time, false accusations eventually land him in the subterranean cells of the Egyptian jail system. And even though he interperets the dreams of the baker and cup-bearer successfully, in the end he is still cast out like the center of a peach.

SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food we will assign (when you let us know if you can join us), please bring food with pits!

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