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"[Jacob] blessed [Ephraim and Menashe] on that day, saying: With you, Israel will bless, saying, 'May G-d make you like Ephraim and like Menashe,'" (Genesis 48:20). Why do Jewish parents continue to this day to bless their children to be like these two grandsons of Jacob? An extra letter vav in the word "saying" holds the hint.

May G-d Make You Like Ephraim and Menashe

May G-d Make You Like Ephraim and Menashe

Letters and Numbers of Torah - Vayechi

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Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin is the official Chabad emissary to downtown Brooklyn and rabbi of Congregation B’nai Avraham in Brooklyn Heights, New York. He is the author of the books "Letters of Light", "By Divine Design", and "Guardian of Israel", and the co-author of "The Rabbi & The CEO".
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December 25, 2013
To Ryan
Good question. One of our team members responded to a similar question in the past, please check it out here
Chabad.org Staff
mychabad.org
December 14, 2013
Houses of study
As a convert, I have not understood what is meant by "Torah study" before the Torah was given to Moshe. What would they have been studying in these yeshivot in Egypt? I was taught, also, that "Esav was a man of the field while Yakov 'dwelt in tents'" meant "tents of learning Torah". Hundreds of years before G-d gave Moshe the Torah that we read today, was it the oral Torah and traditions that were being studied? If so, do you think they were more than oral, actually written down so that they could be studied?
Thank you for any insight into this.
Ryan
Ryan
Indiana
January 6, 2012
to all
all of yours thoughts are easy understood. one of these reasons is your ability in using words, simply in forms and so properly as a point o needle. yours lecture are worthy of attachments.
Natan
Łódź, Poland
January 6, 2012
Yehuda in Egypt
Yaakov sent Yehuda to set up the Yeshiva there. Next week, however, will will see that the tribe of Levi are the ones who are the students. When does the change take place?
Menashe Hochstead
Efrat, Israel
January 4, 2012
Parshah Vayechi taught by Rebbe Raskin
BH Thank-you for a most inspiring description of this weeks Parshah. May the spark of knowledge that you illuminated within me be as a light for others to join in the joy of learning Torah.
Louanne Spielman
Rydal , PA
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Rabbi Raskin looks at the hidden meanings of the sizes and numerical values (gematria) of the Hebrew letters in the weekly Torah portion.
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