The verse states (Gen 48:10) ועיני ישראל כבדו מזקן לא יוכל לראות "And Israel's eyes were weakened (i.e. obstructed) by his beard, so he couldn't see". If his beard was obstructing his vision, why didn't he just shave?

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    Shave??!!! OSSUURR!!!!! – Yehuda Feb 19 '15 at 21:06

Yaakov followed the rule of שב ואל תעשה עדיף - Shave Ve'Al Taaseh Adif


Actually the word כבדו comes from the word כבד meaning "honor". So his eyes were actually honored by his having the beard. If he shaved it, his eyes wouldn't be honored!

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