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Vayigash

With the discovery of the goblet in Binyamin's sack,
the brothers are confused.  Yehuda alone steps forward
and eloquently but firmly petitions Yosef for Binyamin's release,
offering himself instead.

As a result of this act of selflessness, Yosef has irrefutable proof that
his brothers are different people from the ones who cast him into the pit,
and he now reveals his identity.  The brothers shrink from him in shame,
but Yosef consoles them, telling them that everything
has been part of G-d's plan.

He sends them back to their father Yaakov with a message to come
and reside in the land of Goshen.  At first, Yaakov cannot accept the
news, but when he recognizes hidden signs in the message which
positively identify the sender as Yosef, his spirit is revived.
Yaakov together with all his family and possessions sets out for Goshen.

G-d communicates with Yaakov in a vision at night.
He tells him not to fear going down to Egypt and its negative spiritual
consequences, because it is there that G-d will establish
the Children of Israel as a great nation even though they will be
dwelling in a land steeped in immorality and corruption.

The Torah lists Yaakov's offspring, and hints to the birth of
Yocheved, who will be the mother of Moshe.

Seventy souls in total descend to Egypt, where Yosef is reunited
with his father after 22 years of separation.
He embraces his father and weeps, overflowing with joy.
Yosef secures the settlement of his family in Goshen.

Yosef takes his father Yaakov and five of the least threatening of his
brothers to be presented to Pharaoh, and Yaakov blesses Pharaoh.
Yosef instructs that in return for grain, all the people of Egypt must give
everything to Pharaoh, including themselves, as slaves.

Yosef then redistributes the population, except for the Egyptian
priests who are directly supported by a stipend from Pharaoh.

The Children of Israel become settled, and their numbers multiply greatly.