V’zot Habracha – Shlishi

The Two Tribes of Joseph

By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

To the Tribes of Joseph (Ephraim and Menashe), Moshe said that their lands are blessed by God with sweet dew from Heaven and favorable influences from the sun and the moon. They have lush mountains courtesy of God, Who first appeared to Moshe from a thorn bush. Joseph is likened to a powerful ox with impressive horns, representing the two Tribes.

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