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Oaths of Fathers and Sons
Israel, before blessing Josef’s sons says, “To see your face, I never hoped/prayed for [l’o pilalti] And now God shows me your children as well.” And Josef took them (Menashe and Ephraim) from between (Jacob’s) knees, and he (Jacob) fell prostrate to the ground (Gen. 48:11-12).
Does he fall in despair or in supplication?
This is Jacob’s private prayer, what he does not dare say aloud:
For seventeen years, I lived you fleetingly, loved you fiercely,
As one grasps the lamb born of the dying ewe. Continue reading Reflection on VaYehi (2015)