Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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Yaakov Already Said So

    by Reb Gutman Locks  

Yaakov Already Said So


     When we read in this week's Torah portion that Yaakov switched his hands and placed his right hand on Yosef's younger son Ephraim to give him the primary blessing, and his left hand on the older grandson Manasseh to give him the secondary blessing, we should not be surprised. He already told us that he was going to do this.

     He switched his hands in line 14, and in line 5 he already said, "Your two sons … shall be mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine like Reuben and Simeon."

     He not only put Ephraim before Manasseh here, he said that Ephraim and Manasseh will be like Reuben and Simeon. Reuben was Yaakov's firstborn, the older, and Simeon followed, so Yaakov already said that Ephraim is to go before Manasseh.

     Why did Yaakov want Ephraim to receive the primary blessing? When Yosef gave Manasseh his name he said, "G-d has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's household."

     When he named Ephraim he said, "G-d has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering."

     Yaakov knew that his descendants were going to be exiled for many years in lands of suffering, and he did not want us to forget our father's household. He wanted us to be fruitful even in the lands of our sufferings.


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