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May G-d Make You Like Ephraim and Menashe

Letters and Numbers of Torah - Vayechi

May G-d Make You Like Ephraim and Menashe: Letters and Numbers of Torah - Vayechi

"[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.
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