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Father Favors (Vayigash)

Preview: Why were the kohanim granted special exemptions from Yosef’s redistribution regime? Might it be because his own father-in-law was a kohen? And might the parallels between Yosef’s role dispensing bread rations as viceroy, and his earlier experience serving in Potiphar’s house, also be relevant in this regard?

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Seventh Day (Behar / Shavuot)

Preview: Sinai themes permeate all laws in the Torah’s “Shabbat cycle:” Shabbat, shemittah, and yovel. What are those connections, and why are they there?

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