Daily Chumash Monday, 13th Teves: Yaakov blesses Efraim & Menashe



  • Yaakov’s eyes were getting old and as a result he could not see. The sons of Yosef were brought to Yaakov, and he kissed them and hugged them. Yaakov remarked “I had not even dreamed of seeing you and now I see your children.” Yosef removed the children from Yaakov’s knees and prostrated to the ground.
  • Yaakov switches his hands: Yosef brought both sons, and positioned Ephraim to his right, to the left of Yisrael, and Menashe to his left, to the right of Yisrael. Yisrael placed his right hand on the head of Ephraim and his left hand on the head of Menashe. He moved his hand with intelligence, as Menashe was the firstborn.
  • The blessing: Yaakov blessed Yosef and said “The G-d who has been with me and my forefathers, the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, he should bless the children and they should be called by my name and the name of my forefathers, Avraham and Yitzchak. They shall multiply on earth like fish.”

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