Ya’akov desires to bless each of his children before he dies and to share with them holy insights into their future. It is at this moment that he and we learn that the Divine promise of redemption which Ya’akov wished to introduce to his children can only become a reality when the entire nation of Israel is included. Not only those who are near to G-d and in touch with His Torah, but also, and especially, those of us who feel distant and disconnected must be brought close to the legacy of Ya’akov avinu – our father Jacob, in order for the redemption to transpire.
Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)
Parashat Vayechi is read on Shabbat:
Tevet 11, 5771/December 18, 2010