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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Vezot HaBrachah 54-3

And this is the blessing

Deuteronomy 33:13-17

With the precious things of the earth and its fullness, And the favor of Him who dwelt in the bush. Let the blessing come ‘on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.

Deut. 33:16 NKJV

Where does the blessing come to?

Yosef received the greatest blessing. He was the one who suffered the most by being separated from his brothers. When the Eternal sends suffering to his sons and daughters He does it with a good purpose. The one who is faithful during trials will be lifted up and blessed. Yosef remained faithful to the commandments in the most crucial moments, and therefore so many blessings came upon him, and not only upon him, but also upon his descendants and many more people.

This text says that blessing comes on the head. The head guides and transmits all the information to the body. If the head is blessed all the body will benefit from it.

Israel has been set as head of the nations (Jer. 31:7). This means that when Israel is blessed the nations receive part of that blessing if they submit to Israel. Those who rebel against their head will lose the blessing.

Another thing we learn from this text is that blessing comes to the part of the head that is most inclined. The Hebrew word translated as "crown of the head" is קדקד, kadkod. According to Strong's Dictionary, it refers to the part of the head that is most bowed. Kadkod comes from the word קדד, kadad, to shrivel up, to contract or bend the body (or neck) in deference, to bow (down) (the) head, stoop. This teaches us that the place where blessings come upon a person is     the most inclined or bowed before the Eternal.

Yosef knew how to bow, not only his soul, to the Eternal, but also his body to serve others with love. This brought many blessings upon him.

We put on a kippah or another kind of covering on the crown of our heads as a sign of submission before the Almighty. The head covering is a sign that one serves the King of Kings.

Bow your soul and your body before the Eternal and be faithful to Him in moments of trial and you will also receive many blessings upon your head that will pass on to all those under your influence.

May the Eternal help us to always be inclined before Him.

Kol tuv,


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