The Torah In Haiku: Vayigash

 
Slavery begins
Not the Jews, but Egyptians
Become Pharoah’s serfs

 
Genesis 47:19
Why should we die before your very eyes – us and our land? Buy our bodies and our land in exchange for bread. Let us become Pharaoh’s serfs, and let our land [also be his].
 
 
Trouble foreshadowed
A new Pharoah will not like
Events in Goshen
 
 
Genesis 47:27
Meanwhile, [the fledgling nation of] Israel lived in Egypt, in the Goshen district. They acquired property there, and were fertile, with their population increasing very rapidly.

 
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