Parashat Vayigash: Scavenger Hunt

Parashah Scavenger Hunt שְׁאֵלוֹת הַשָּׁבוּעַ

Welcome to Devash's Parashah Scavenger Hunt for Parashat Vayigash!
  • According to Yehudah, what two words did Yaakov use to describe Yosef’s apparent death? Note that these two words are the same except for their vowels.
  • What are two different ways that Yehudah describes the relationship between Yaakov and Binyamin?
  • How long had the famine been going on when Yosef revealed himself to his brothers?
  • What do the Egyptians overhear when Yosef reveals his identity to his brothers?
Aliyah 3 (Bereishit 45:8-18)
  • Where did Yosef plan for his family to live in מִצְרַיִם (Mitzrayim, Egypt)?
  • What does Pharaoh think about Yosef’s brothers showing up?
  • How many donkeys did Yosef send back to his father?
  • How does Yaakov first react when he is told that Yosef is alive?
  • How many children did Binyamin have?
  • Who is Asher’s daughter?
  • How old was Yaakov when he met Pharaoh?
  • Whom does Yaakov bless?
Aliyah 7 (Bereishit 47:11-27)
  • After they ran out of money, how did the Egyptians pay Yosef for grain
Look anywhere in the parashah to find the answer to these questions!
  • The parashah says that Yaakov had 33 descendants through Leah, who came to Mitzrayim. Check the math! What is strange about this number?
  • How many times in the parashah does it say that Yosef cried?
  • What fraction of the Egyptian farmers’ produce had to go to Pharaoh as part of the deal made with Yosef?
  • How long had the famine been going on when Yosef revealed himself to his brothers?
From the Haftarah (Yehezkel 37:15-37:28)
  • What do the two sticks represent?
Scroll down to see the answers!
Aliyah 1
  • טָרֹף טֹרָף (tarof toraf, torn [by beasts])
  • Yehudah says that Yaakov loves Binyamin (44:20), and that their souls are tied together (44:30)
Aliyah 2
  • Two years
  • Yosef crying (45:2)
Aliyah 3
  • The land of Goshen
  • He thinks it’s good (45:16)
Aliyah 4
  • 10 male donkeys and 10 female donkeys
  • He does not believe it (see Midrash section for an explanation of what makes Yaakov believe) (45:26)
Aliyah 5
Aliyah 6
Aliyah 7
From anywhere in the parashah
  • If you count the people actually listed (excluding Er and Onan who already died, so they never made it to Mitzrayim), there are only 32
  • Four times: when he first revealed himself (45:2), while embracing Binyamin (45:14), while embracing his brothers (45:15), and when reuniting with his father (46:29) – though in this last one it’s not obvious who is doing the crying, see פַּרְשָׁנוּת /Commentary.
  • One-fifth
  • Two years (45:6)
  • The two kingdoms, Yehudah and the rest of Yisrael (led by Efrayim, who is Yosef’s son), joining together to become one unified kingdom (Yehezkel 37:16-19)