mikeitzairbrush / acrylic on canvas diptych 16” x 32” (40 x 80 cm)

Efraiyim and Menasheh

And Joseph called the name of the first-born
Menasheh – מנשה
כִּי נַשַּׁנִי אֱלֹהִים אֶת כָּל עֲמָלִי וְאֵת כָּל-בֵּית אָבִי
For G-d has made me forget נַשַּׁנִי
all my toil and all my father’s house.’
(Genesis 41:52)

The letters מנשה Menasheh
can be rearranged
to spell נשמה Soul
and as such represents
the Divine Soul in man.
Menasheh suggests the
power of the Tzadik (Joseph)
to make us forget the hardships,
trials and tribulations of this world,
with the anticipation
of the joyous coming of Moshiach.

Menasheh became the designated Tribe
for the month of Mar-Cheshvan
according to Sefer Yetzira

And the name of the second
he called Efraiyim — אפרים
כִּי-הִפְרַנִי אֱלֹהִים בְּאֶרֶץ עָנְיִי
For G-d has made me fruitful הִפְרַנִי
in the land of my affliction.
(Genesis 41:53)

Being “fruitful” is the power
to procreate in marital union.
This derives from God’s
first commandment to Adam
on the day of his creation
the first of Tishrei.

Being fruitful can also apply
to any creative activity
where we bring into world “children”
new visions and spiritual energies,
actualizing potentials
that have been blocked.

Efraiyim became the designated Tribe
for the month of Tishrei
according to Sefer Yetzira

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