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Ephraim: (a) Joseph’s second son. Born in Egypt before the onset of the fateful famine. His grandfather Jacob elevated him and his brother Manasseh to the status of progenitors of tribes within the nation of Israel. Though he was the younger of the brothers, Jacob foresaw that his descendants would be the greater of the two. (b) A common Jewish name.
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Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XV, p. 432ff. I. This week’s Torah reading relates that when Yosef presented his two sons, Ephraim and Menasheh, before Yaakov for him to bless them, Yaakov placed his right hand on Ephraim and his left hand on Menasheh. When Yosef s...
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