16 The Angel who has redeemed me from all harm— the lads. In them may my name be recalled, And the names of my fathers Avraham and Yitzchak, And may they be teeming multitudes upon the earth.”
ha-mal-AKH ha-go-AYL o-TEE mi-kol RA y’-va-RAYKH et ha-n’-a-REEM v’-yi-ka-RAY va-HEM sh’-MEE v’-SHAYM a-vo-TAI av-ra-HAM v’-yitz-KHAK v’-yid-GU la-ROV b’-KE-rev ha-A-retz
טז הַמַּלְאָךְ הַגֹּאֵל אֹתִי מִכָּל־רָע יְבָרֵךְ אֶת־הַנְּעָרִים וְיִקָּרֵא בָהֶם שְׁמִי וְשֵׁם אֲבֹתַי אַבְרָהָם וְיִצְחָק וְיִדְגּוּ לָרֹב בְּקֶרֶב הָאָרֶץ׃
48:16 May my name be recalled
The Hebrew word for ‘name’ is shem (שם). The great master of the Hebrew language, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, explains that the word shem is related to the word sham (שם), meaning ‘there.’ Rabbi Hirsch explains that by naming and defining something, one puts it in its proper ‘place.’ Here, Yaakov blesses his grandsons Efraim and Menashe, by placing their ancestors’ names upon them, thereby establishing their ‘place’ within the spiritual legacy of their forbears.
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