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Another great Parsha with many ideas for your Parsha Party. REMINDER - THIS IS A SPRINGBOARD OF IDEAS. YOU CAN CHOOSE ONE IDEA OR A FEW. AND HAVE THE KIDS GUESS THE CONNECTIONS.
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Yehuda approaches Yosef in a harsh manner asking him to release Binyamin and take him in his place as a prisoner in order not to kill their old suffering father. He goes through all the details of what happened that led to them being there at that moment.
Yosef was not able to hold back anymore and he kicks out all the Mitzriyim from the room so that his brothers will not be embarrassed in front of them. He lets out a big cry and proclaims to his brothers “I am Yosef is my father still alive?” His brothers were shocked and startled and full of shame. Yosef comforts them and tells them to come close to him and not to be sad because it was clearly all the workings of Hashem so that he will be there to give them food during the years of famine.
He tells the brothers to hurry back to Canaan to tell his father that he is alive and well and the leader in Mitzrayim. He wants them to bring him back with all their families and cattle to settle in Goshen. He also hugs Binyamin and cries with him as well as with the other brothers.
Paraoh hears that Yosef’s brothers are here and tells him to send up wagons from all the good of the land to bring the family there. Yosef sends them along with clothing, donkeys and food.
The brothers go up and tell Yaakov that Yosef is still alive and his heart refused to believe it. The Medrash says that Serach the daughter of Asher played music and sang to Yaakov that Yosef was really alive. Yaakov saw the wagons (Agalah) that Yosef sent and understood that it was a sign from Yosef as the last halacha they had learned together was “Eglah” Arufa and his spirit was revived.
Yaakov agrees to go to Mitzrayim and stops in Beer Sheva to bring a Korban. Hashem appears to him there and tells him not to be afraid to go as Hashem will be with him and he will be made into a great nation there and be brought back up. Yaakov’s 70 family members travel to Mitzrayim including Dina. He sends Yehuda ahead to set up a Bais Medrash for them in Goshen. Yocheved is born as they enter Mitzrayim. Yosef goes up to greet his father and embraces him and cries. Rashi says that Yaakov did not embrace him back because he was saying Shema.
Yosef brings them to Paraoh and tells them to say that they are Shepherds, because the Mitzriyim worshipped sheep and did not want shepherds to live among them so they would be sent to live in their own city in Goshen. Yaakov tells Paraoh when asked that he is 130 and had a hard life and he blesses Paraoh that the Nile should rise when he comes to it.
Yosef settles his family in Goshen and gives them the best of the land in Ramses. He gave them all food. Meanwhile the famine ravaged through the land and the people brought all their money to Yosef to buy the food he stored and saved. When they ran out of money they brought their livestock to pay for food so that they don’t die. Next they sold their farmland for food and Yosef moved them from city to city. Yosef tells them to plant now and give a fifth of everything to Paraoh. Meanwhile the family of Yaakov had many children in the land of Goshen.. (Adapted partially from In a Nutshell by Chabad.org, The Pesukim and Rashi)
And now for the fun part
Yosef Cries when he is ready to reveal himself and Cries when he hugs his brothers
The brothers Ego’s are diminished when Yosef reveals himself
Ego Dark Chocolate
The brothers are shocked to find out who Yosef is
Triple shock Gel candy
Wagons were sent up to Yaakov
Oreos / Round cookies (Wheels) – If you have melted chocolate you can cover them in chocolate!
Paraoh says send the Best food to Yaakov
DeeBest brand candies
The brothers pop the news to their father about Yosef
Yaakov’s heart refuses to believe that Yosef is alive
Serach sings to Yaakov that Yosef is alive
Music note chocolate molds
They pack their bags to go to Mitzrayim
GoGo candies or apple sauce
Tea Buscuit or bownie bar with Sour stick as a Handle
Yocheved is born as they enter Mitzrayim
The Mitzriyim use up all their money to buy food from Yosef
The brothers tell Paraoh that they are shepherds
They settle in a separate section of Mitzrayim
Candy Sectional platter
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