Are there other reasons why Yosef called his second son Efrayim?


Da'as Zekenim, Hadar Zekenim: He was named so based on two of the Avos 1 - Avraham said "v'Anochi Afar va'Efer", and Yitzchak became ashes on the Mizbe'ach [at the Akeidah].


Da'as Zekenim: Efrayim is like the plural of Efer. All of Yisrael are called Efrayim - "ha'Ben Yakir Li Efrayim." (It does not seem that he means only Malchus Yisrael, but not Malcus Yehudah. Redak (Yirmiyah 31:8) holds that Efrayim refers only to the 10 Shevatim. - PF)

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