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Parenting from the Parsha- Parshat Vayechi- “Blessing our Children, Seeing Our Children as Blessings”

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Dec 14, 2021
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Many commentaries point out that Sefer Bereishit describes the creation of the Jewish people as individuals and as families, whereas Sefer Shemot is the story of the creation of Am Yisrael as a nation. That being the case, as we conclude Sefer Bereishit- and the era of the Avot and their families comes to a close- we could expect this final Parsha to contain important lessons regarding the Jewish family. The main theme coursing throughout most of the parsha is that of brachot, of blessings- not simply any blessings, but specifically those of a parent to his children/grandchildren. Why is it so important that a parent bless his children- to the extent that it is the dominant theme of the final parsha in Sefer Bereishit, and then established as a minhag for generations?

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