How Do You Give a Blessing? ✡ “He Blessed Them That Day” – ISRAEL365

So he (Jacob) blessed them that day, saying,
“By you shall Israel bless, saying ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Menashe’.”

וַיְבָרְכֵם בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא לֵאמוֹר בְּךָ יְבָרֵךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר יְשִׂמְךָ אֱ-לֹהִים כְּאֶפְרַיִם וְכִמְנַשֶּׁה

בְּרֵאשִׁית מח:כ

va-y’-var-khaym ba-yom ha-hu lay-mor b’-kha y’-va-raykh yis-ra-ayl lay-mor yis-m’-kha e-lo-heem k’-ef-ra-yim v’-khi-m’-na-she

Today’s Israel Inspiration

This verse is the source of a common Jewish tradition. On Friday nights in many Jewish homes, fathers bless their sons with these very words: “May God make you like Ephraim and Menashe.”  (Girls are blessed “like Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah.”) The intention of the blessing is to offer children strength in the face of adversity: although Egypt at the time was known for its immorality, Ephraim and Menashe grew up righteous and worthy enough to be counted among the tribes of Israel.  We bless our children that they should draw on such fortitude. Get a beautiful Blessing for the Home, in Hebrew and English, from the non-profit Israeli organization, Meir Panim.

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A Day in the Life of a
Meir Panim Volunteer

Each time Sara Cohen visits the Holy Land, she volunteers at Meir Panim’s Jerusalem soup kitchen. Come along on a fascinating day in her life!

Israel Photo Trivia

In today’s photo by Sharon Gabay, can you name the bridge in the distance that has been a Jerusalem landmark since 2008? Send me an email or post your answer on Facebook!

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