hebrew
1)

In what way would Menasheh's greatness manifest itself?

1.

Rashi: The great leader Gid'on would descend from him, through whom Hakadosh-Baruch-Hu would perform a great miracle.

2)

In what way would Efrayim's greatness exceed that of Menasheh?

1.

Rashi: Because Yehoshua would descend from him, who would distribute Eretz Yisrael to Yisrael and teach them Torah. 1

2.

Targum Yonasan: Even though Menasheh was destined to become a populous tribe, Efrayim would eventually become even more populous.


1

Refer to 48:14:1:1***

3)

How were Efrayim's descendents destined to fill the nations?

1.

Rashi: Ya'akov was hinting here, not to the people, but to the actions of his descendent Yehoshua, 1 whose fame would spread world-wide, when he caused "the sun to stand still in Giv'on and the moon in the valley of Ayalon".

2.

Targum Onkelos: What Ya'akov meant was that Efrayim's descendents were destined to rule over nations.

3.

Targum Yonasan: He meant that Efrayim's descendents would be (more populous than those of Menasheh and that they would be) populous among the nations. 2


1

See also Ba'al ha'Turim.

2

Though it is unclear what both Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan are referring to.

4)

רש"י: ידעתי...שהוא הבכור. גם הוא יהיה לעם: למה לא פירש- 'ידעתי שהוא יהיה לעם'?

1.

גור אריה: הכפילות של "ידעתי בני ידעתי" בהכרח באה לחזק- להוציא מדעת יוסף שיעקב לא ידע שמנשה הבכור, ולכן פירש רש"י 'ידעתי שהוא הבכור'.

2.

גור אריה: קשה שמילת 'גם' ("גם הוא יהיה לעם") מיותרת? אלא שתחילה אמר 'ידעתי שהוא הבכור' והוסיף- וגם הוא יהיה לעם.

5)

רש"י: יתמלא בצאת שמעו: מנין לפרש כך?

1.

גור אריה: קשה איך יהיה זרעו מלא הגויים? אלא שיצא שמעו.

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