VaYechi (ca 5762)

Drash Cards for VaYechi (ca 5761)

by Marc Mangel

• Today I want to focus on Jacob’s blessings.

• Jacob gives special attention to Ephraim and Menace (Ch 47, v10ff) and even says “They are mine”

• From this Pinchas Peli answers the question “Who is a Jew?” with “Not somebody who’s grandparents were, but who has Jewish grandchildren”

• Also note that the blessing (Ch 49) are different for each son.

•We this we learn that all are blessed, but blessed differently.  (When are kids were growing up the f-word in our house was ‘fair’).

• And what is the greatest blessing, one book into the year? That God gives us essentially and infinite number of changes to change — if we can only overcome our acquired habits.