Yaakov saw (Beraishis 48 (19)) that Efraim would be greater than Menashe and so insisted that his right hand should rest on Efraim. Did the placing of the hand bring about the greatness and if not why was it necessary?
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According to Abarbanel, Yosef placed Menashe on Yaakov's right because:
In other words, the blessing would be stronger when the right hand was used. However, Yaakov placed his right hand on Efraim beacuse:
Kavod. Joshua came from Ephraim. Thus he gives honor to the Ephraim by recognizing their leadership.