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Daily Aliya for Vayeshev, Chamishi (5th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: We return to the story of Joseph, who was serving in the home of Potifar. G‑d was with Joseph, and he succeeded in all his endeavors. When Potifar took note of this fact, he put Joseph in charge of his entire household and estate.

The portion of Yosef in Potifar’s house is juxtaposed to the episode of Yehuda and Tamar. The standard explanation is that the sale of Yosef caused Yehuda to lose the respect of his brothers. Rashi gives another, intriguing, explanation. He says that it is to equate Tamar and Potifar’s wife – both of whom acted “for the sake of Heaven”. Potifar’s wife, says Rashi, saw via astrology that she was destined to have descendants that came from Yosef. She thought that she was the one and so she attempted to seduce him. She was just a bit off, as in fact it was her daughter Osnat that would bear Yosef’s children.