Thursday, January 5, 2012

Shabbes Ve'yechi

The twelfth parsha and the last parsha of Berishit. And he lived .. is about Ya'acov's passing and his blessings to his children and grandchildren before he passed from this existence and his burial. He made Yosef swear to bury him in Israel.
One major theme I get from this parsha is the importance of Jewish education and a Jewish lifestyle.Through our children we will live and continue our service to Hashem. If we ourselves do not live as jews and honour or respect Jewish learning and a Jewish lifestyle, then we can hardly expect it of the next generation. We must saturate our children with a love of Yiddishkeit and Torah. By the same token, we must not drown them but teach them to be fish.
We should all merit to be worthy descendants of Ya'acov and be blessed in the ways of the righteous.
Blessings and a good shabbes.
Here is a very good link to a lecture on  the blessing of 'Like Ephraim and Menashe' by Rabbi Aaron Raskin

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