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Yaakov famously blesses Ephraim and Menashe but who tells Yosef to bring them to their grandfather? It doesn't seem that this would be a natural thing to do as they are not Yaakov's sons. Does someone tell Yosef to do this?

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Midrash Hagadol (to Gen. 48:1) cites an opinion that Osnas, Yosef's wife, urged him to do so: "I have heard that anyone who receives a blessing from a tzaddik is as if he received it from the Divine Presence. Take your sons so that he can bless them!"

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Rav Meir Eliyahu says that it is good to a get a Beracha from a Sadik before they die.

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It says there about the advantage of "seeing them before their death, and all the more so during their lifetime," but where does it speak about getting a berachah from them at that time? – Alex Jan 20 '12 at 20:15
Rav Meir Eliyahu says it – Hacham Gabriel Jan 20 '12 at 20:24

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