Parsha Vayeshev תּֽוֹלְדֹ֥ת is translated as “And he settled” and is the nineth Torah reading in the annual reading cycle. I have found three spelling variations – “vayeshev”, “vayeishev”, or “vayeshab”
Parsha Vayeshev Summary
Parsha Vayeshev begins the story of Joseph. We are introduced to a 17-year-old Joseph talking about his dream of the sheaves. His four brothers understand the dream and hates him because of it. Shortly thereafter he talks about a second dream. In this dream the sun, moon and eleven stars bow to him. This time he tells his brothers and father. While the brothers hate him Israel loves him.
Israel so loves him he has a special garment made for Joseph. These two things cause a greater sibling rivalry. Now the brothers are jealous of him. This hatred and jealous causes the brothers to plot killing him. We are introduced to the only brothers named in the section – Reuben and Judah. They play a significate role in the story of Joseph.
Israel sends Joseph to his brothers. He travels throughout Canaan looking for them. He finds them in Dothan. There they hatch the plan to kill Joseph. Reuben saves his life by having him thrown into a pit. A little later, Judah convinces the brothers to sell him to some Ishmaelite merchants instead of sheading his blood. They concede and sell him for 20 pieces of silver.
Now Joseph is out of the picture, the brothers kill a goat and place the blood on Joseph’s special garment. They take the tattered, blood-stained garment to Israel. He recognizes it. He rips his clothing, puts on sackcloth and ashes, and morns his son. He refuses to be consoled by his sons and daughters.
Meanwhile, Joseph is in Egypt. The merchants sell him to a eunuch named Portiphar.
Vayeshev וַיֵּ֣שֶׁב is the first word in the Hebrew text (see text below).