Vayigash | ויגש | “He approached”

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Listen to or read the portion here

summed up for the littles here


Pick a famous ruler in history and write a short biography of him.  Did he have lowly beginnings like Joseph?

Mapwork – Goshen   What is it like topographically?

Study wagon travel, particularly the pioneers and their travel out west.

Look at chariot races, first as vehicles of war in Egypt, then look at chariot races in Rome.

Find out about some Egyptian landmarks, such as the pyramids or the sphinx.

Joseph instituted a 20% tax.  Look at legitimate and illegitamate uses of tax money according to scripture.  Historically, take a look at FDR’s New Deal.


Genetic traits – What are some physical traits that run in your family?  Looking at old photos might help.

Study herbivores.  What special traits do they have such as: stomaches, teeth, etc.   Pick a herbivore to do a report on.  It need not be kosher.

What does the human body need to survive?  How long will it survive without those things?

Life Skills

Practice the all important art of grocery shopping.  Have your children help you with everything from meal planning and list making to comparison shopping and figuring out the price per ounce.


Do a scripture study on gray hair.

Study forgiveness.

How is Joseph a picture of the Messiah?


Fun Activities (these are all links.. click on the activity you would like to link to it)

Torah portion cartoon

crossword puzzle

coloring pages


Author: Suzanne McDaniel

I've been married for 11 years to my wonderful husband Jesse. I'm a momma to 3 kiddos, Brianna, Lorien, and Rohan. I'm a lover of the Lord YHWH, a believer in the Messiah Yehshua, and a follower of his law the Torah. I enjoy homeschooling my kiddos, I love decorating, especially DIY projects, and actually enjoy being in the kitchen (except the cleanup.. hate that lol)

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