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Daily Aliya for Vayechi, Shishi (6th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: Benjamin was likened to a devouring wolf. Jacob then repeated his request to be buried in Israel, in the Cave of Machpelah in Chevron, and he passed away at the age of 147. After an extended national mourning period, Joseph received Pharaoh’s permission to carry Jacob’s body up to Israel. A huge funeral procession consisting of all the elders of Egypt as well as Jacob’s family went and buried Jacob. After returning to Egypt, Joseph’s brothers feared that now, after Jacob had passed away, Joseph would exact revenge from them for selling him into slavery. Joseph reassured them that he harbored no ill feelings towards them.

After Binyamin’s blessing, the Torah recaps that these are the 12 tribes and the blessings bestowed upon them by Yaakov. It seems, however, that some of them didn’t receive blessings, but rather were rebuked. Why would the Torah count them as blessings? The answer lies in the wording “each man, according to his blessing, he blessed them”, meaning that each son received what he needed to receive in order to be blessed. Sometimes it was an actual blessing, and sometimes it was rebuke. If used properly, both can be used to grow and be blessed.