Rabbi Marcus – Vayechi

The sedra of Vayechi, meaning ‘and he lived’ refers to Jacob living out his last 70 years in peace and prosperity in Egypt with all his family around him.  We read of the origin of the blessing of the children that many people say on a Friday night before reciting kiddush, laying a hand on the heads of their children, just as Jacob did to Joseph’s children Ephraim and Menasheh.

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