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Vayechi – Rishon
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Yaakov lived in Egypt for 17 years. When he saw that he wouldn’t live much longer, he sent for Yoseif. Yaakov asked his son to use his royal privilege to ensure that he be buried in the Machpela cave, alongside his fathers; Yoseif promised to do so. Some time later, Yaakov took a turn for […]
Vayechi – Sheini
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Yaakov’s vision wasn’t great. Yoseif brought his sons near his father, who kissed them. “I never thought I’d see YOU again,” he told Yoseif, “but G-d even allowed me to see your sons!” Yoseif took his sons and positioned them properly for their blessing, with Ephraim on Yaakov’s left and Menashe on his right. Yaakov […]
Vayechi – Shlishi
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When Yoseif saw how his father had positioned his hands, he tried to correct what he thought was a mistake. He went to move Yaakov’s right hand from Ephraim’s head to Menashe’s. “The other one is the first-born,” he told his father. “I know,” Yaakov replied. “He will also be a great nation, but the […]
Vayechi – R’vi’i
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Next, Yaakov blessed his sons. He gathered them together, saying that he would tell them what would happen in the “end of days.” While he was not permitted to reveal the time of the final redemption and the Messianic era, his blessings do contain allusions to many future events. First, Yaakov addressed Reuven, his first-born. […]
Vayechi – Chamishi
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In a nice bit of Hebrew word play that really doesn’t translate, Yaakov says that Gad may be attacked by enemy forces, but he will strike them back. Asher will produce all the finest delicacies, fit for a king. Naftali was compared to a swift and beautiful deer. Yoseif was praised for his beauty. He […]
Vayechi – Shishi
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Yaakov compared Binyamin to a wolf that grabs in the morning; this is seen as an allusion to King Saul, from the Tribe of Binyamin, who “grabbed” the throne in the early days of the nation, before the start of the Davidic dynasty. Yaakov instructed his sons to bury him in the Machpela cave, alongside […]
Vayechi – Sh’vi’i
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Yoseif assured his brothers that they had nothing to fear; he would continue to care for them and their families. Yoseif lived to be 110; he lived to see grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When he was near death, he said that G-d would surely return the nation of Israel to their homeland. He asked that, when […]