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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

VaYechi 12-5

And (he) lived

Genesis 49:19-26

The blessings of your father have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.

Gen. 49:26 NKJV

Why did Yosef receive the largest blessing?

Yosef received the longest blessing with 61 words in the Hebrew text. Yehuda's blessing has 55 words. Also, among the blessings that Moshe pronounced over the twelve tribes, Yosef's is the largest (Deut. 33)

Why did Yosef receive the largest blessing among his brothers? I want to point out two reasons:

First, because he suffered more than anyone of them.

Second, because he had consecrated himself more than his brothers. The Hebrew word that has been translated as "separate” or “consecrate" is nazirנזיר – whose root nazar – נזר means to set a distance, to abstain oneself. It is the same word used for the vow of the Nazirite in Numbers 6.

The one who suffers for justice and the one who separates from sin, impurity and the world will always receive the greatest blessing in this life and in the next.

May the Eternal give us strength to be joyful in suffering due to justice and truth knowing that they produce a good result with lots of blessings.


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