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Monday, January 09, 2006

Like Efrayim and Minasheh

Efrayim and Minasheh, the first children of exile, the only generation not to fall lower than the last one; they are also Shevatim.

We bless all our sons, that they should survive and flourish as well as Efrayim and Minasheh did, that our own children should at least equal us, if not surprass us*.

So why does Yisreal bless them
And the Messenger who has always been with me** should bless the boys, and they will be called in my name and the name of my fathers, Avraham and Yitzchak, and multiply like the fish in the heart of the land.
Is G-d so busy, we should need angels with us?

* As for our daughters, consider where Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah grew up. Without a father like Yosef. We should survive half as well as they did.
**Rashi's explanation: the pasuk says Malach Ha'goel, which is even more dubious.

1 Comments:

  • btw, I once saw an incredible pshat in the Me'am Loez (I think) that said that when Yaakov said, Ephraim UMenashe Kiruvain Vshimon Yihyu Li. He meant it literally. That there were originally supposed to be fourteen shevatim and when Reuvain was mvalbel Yaakov's mita, whatever exactly that means, that's what was lost and they had to come from the next generation.

    By Blogger A Frum Idealist, at 9:14 AM, January 10, 2006  

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