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Daily Aliya for Vayigash, Chamishi (5th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: This Aliya names the seventy members of Jacob’s family that went to Egypt.

OU’s Torah Tidbits points out that the “whole world” that came from No’ach was 70. We now find the same number here in Yaakov’s descendants. While their 70 became the Nations of the World, our 70 became the Jewish People. There is clearly something about adversity that brings people together, in this case to form a nation. As much as we dislike and avoid adversity, it has its purpose and benefits.