Parsha vaY’hi – he lived – Jacob speaks his last words over his sons

Words are very powerful. Genesis begins with G~d creating everything with words – “And G~d said … and it was so.”

  • Words can create.
  • Words can destroy.
  • Words can bless.
  • Words can curse.
  • Words convey love.
  • Words convey hate.
  • Words can change the world!

Yet mostly we use them so casually. So thoughtlessly.

John Lennon in his song “Imagine” used words to convey his utopian world.

No heaven nor hell, no countries nor religion, no greed nor hunger.
All the people living life in peace… Sharing all the world.
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one.

The bible conveys a message too, very similar to John’s in many ways. Ultimately G~d intends for us to grow up from self centered pursuits and make the world a great place with no war and people living in harmony with the rest of the universe.

Jacob left this world with words for his sons. Some harsh, stern warnings, some of triumphant leadership.

Have you ever thought about using your words to create blessing each day? It is possible you know. Each of us has the power to bless another! It does not even cost anything, except some pride, time, effort, humility, patience.
A thank you is a great start and goes a long way.
An appreciative word when you purchase your groceries can start changing another person’s life.
Blessing others changes you as well. It starts to soften that stony heart to pump real life blood through your body.
Blessing others opens your eyes, sharpens your mind, clears your conscience, brightens your day.

Don’t wait till the end of your life to address the people you love as Jacob did. He missed so much by holding the words till the end.
Use your words TODAY, everyday, for good and blessing, and start changing the world.

I took the photo of a sunrise, a new day. Make it your new day to start blessing someone, at least once a day.


Here are some study notes:

Parsha vaY’hi 5771.pdf 
Parsha vaY’hi 5771.doc