"Jacob’s Blessing for Joseph" by Shoshannah Brombacher; pastel and ink on paper , 24 x 18 inches, New York, 2008
"Jacob’s Blessing for Joseph" by Shoshannah Brombacher; pastel and ink on paper , 24 x 18 inches, New York, 2008

At the end of his life when lying on his deathbed, Jacob gives each of his sons a special blessing.

About Joseph he says (Genesis 49: 22-26):

"A charming son is Joseph, a charming son to the eye,1 the daughters walked upon the high wall to gaze.2

"The archers embittered him and became antagonists; the arrow-tongued men hated him. But his bow was firmly emplaced, and his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty G‑d of Jacob – from thence, he shepherded the stone of Israel.

"That was from the G‑d of your father, and He will help you, and with Shaddai- and He will bless you with blessings of heaven from above, blessings of the deep crouching below, blessings of the bosom and the womb.

"The blessings of your father surpassed the blessings of my parents to the endless bounds of the world's everlasting hills. Let them be upon Joseph's head, upon the head of him who lived in exile from his brothers."