"Bicha Yivarech Yisroel Leimor Yisimcha Elokim K'Efraim V'ChiMinashe." (Parshas Vayechi 48:20) Rashi says that every father will give his child a Bracha to be like Efraim and Menashe. Efraim and Menashe were considered by Yaakov like Reuven and Shimon but what made them even more special that make them every father's dream for his son?
I heard someone explain that we know that each generation becomes weaker in Yiras Shamayim and Avodas Hashem than the generation before. We all wish our children would live up to the standards that we grew up with and not lower themselves to the level of the current generation. "Efraim and Menashe," said Yaakov, "were like Reuven and Shimon." Quite an accomplishment for these two who were one generation lower to reach the level of their older uncles. This is the bracha we give to our sons as well.
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