Va-y’chi (Genesis 47:28–50:26)
This Week’s Torah Portion: Va-y’chi – וַיְחִי (Genesis 47:28–50:26)
Jacob our ancestor blesses his grandchildren saying: “May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh” (Genesis 48:20). That is the traditional blessing for children till today. But their names are really Ephraim and Manasseh. Jacob’s blessing is saying to them and to us, May God make you who you ought to be, may God make you true to yourself. May you be you! And that will be the greatest blessing of them all.