Hearing that his father Jacob was on the edge of death, Joseph brought his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh to see their old grandfather. Knowing that they stood before him, his eyesight failing, Jacob said that his grandsons will be no less “his” than his actual sons. Joseph then positioned the boys opposite their grandfather Jacob for a blessing expecting that Jacob would bless the first-born Manasseh. But Jacob reversed his hands and blessed Ephraim instead. (Parashat Vayechi, Genesis 48)

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