What B'rachah did Ya'akov bless Yosef?
Rashbam: He blessed him with the standard B'rachah of a father to a son.
Seforno: The Torah does not reveal the contents of the B'rachah. 1
Ramban: Based on the great love that he harbored Yosef, the B'rachah that Ya'akov blessed Yosef's two sons is synonymous with the B'rachah that he blessed him. 2
Moshav Zekenim: "Yevarech" in the next verse refers to what came above (Yosef) and below (Es ha'Ne'arim).
Why did Ya'akov bless Yosef twice, once indepently and once when he blessed his other sons?
Gitin, 62: Because it is correct to confer upon a king a double B'achah.
What is the significance of the fact that Ya'akov called out to "the G-d of his fathers Avraham and Yitzchak and then to the G-d who sustained him ... "?
Ramban: He was calling to the G-d of his father Avraham (who represented the Midah of Gedulah - Chesed) and of his grandfather Yitzchak (who represented the Midah of Gevurah - Din, and) who had always sustained 1 him (with the Midah of Emes), to bless Efrayim and Menasheh.
Seforno: He was asking Hashem that the angel that had (constantly) redeemed him (in times of trouble) 2 should bless the boys 3 on the merit of his father and grandfather, who had always gone in His ways.
Why did Ya'akov refer to 'the G-d who sustained him' and (in the following Pasuk) 'the angel who redeemed him'?
Pesachim, 118a: This teaches us that sustenance is more difficult (or greater
See Torah Temimah, note 11.
Why does it say "Asher His'halchu Avosai Lefanav"?
Peninim mi'Shulchan ha'Gra: It is an attribute of Tzadikim - "Shivisi Hashem l'Negdi Tamid" (Rema, Reish Orach Chayim). 1
Ninveh was a great city to Hashem "Mehalech Sheloshes Yamim" - Rosh Chodesh Elul (the first warning), Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipur. Their initial letters spell Ari - "a lion roared, who will not fear?!"
Why is "ha'Elokim" repeated in the verse?
Moshav Zekenim: Do not say that because Elokim is Midas ha'Din, it is not merciful. Rather, when His children do His will, Midas ha'Din is reversed to Midas ha'Rachamim.