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Rabbi Marcus MBE – Vayechi
This week’s Sidra, which literally means “and he lived” refers to the last 17 years of Yaacov’s life that he spent in peace in Egypt surrounded by his entire family.
The source of the blessing for young boys traditionally recited by parents on Friday night prior to kiddush is to be found in this Sidra when Yaacov blesses the two sons of Joseph – Ephraim and Menasheh – placing his right hand on the youngest son Ephraim to stress that matters of the spirit as represented by Ephraim take precedence. (see Genesis Chapter 48 verse 20 or New Singers Prayer Book page 271).