Daily Chumash Tuesday, 14th Teves: Yaakov explains his switching of the hands



  • Yosef attempts to realign the hands of his father: When Yosef saw that his father placed right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he went forward to remove his father’s right hand from the head of Ephraim and place it on the head of Menashe. Yosef said to his father that it is incorrect, as Menashe is the firstborn, and he deserves the right hand on his head. Yaakov refused, and told his son “I know my son that he too will become a nation, however his younger brother will be greater than him, and will multiply amongst the nations.”
  • The blessing: Yaakov blessed the children that day, saying that the Jewish people will bless [their children] by saying “Let G-d place you like Ephraim and like Menashe” and he said Ephraim before Menashe.
  • Yisrael told Yosef “I will die, and G-d will be with you, and return you the land of your forefathers. I am giving you Shechem, one portion more than your brothers, of which I took from the hand of the Emorites.”

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