Now, your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, shall be mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine no less than Reuben and Simeon.
Along with the blessings that Yaakov gave his sons, he also revealed to them the following secrets:
Ephraim and Menashe would be counted as his own sons and would each receive a portion in the land of Israel.
The thoughts of a couple during marital relations can influence the soul of the child being conceived. Indeed, during intercourse, the future child’s soul descends and hovers near the couple’s heads.
He had been destined to have an additional two sons (i.e. Ephraim and Menashe) with Bilhah. However, because of the sin of Reuven moving his father's bed, those two souls remained in Heaven until Yosef married Assenath and fathered them. For this reason, Yaakov considered them like his own sons. Efraim and Menashe were twins.
(Rashi, Amudehah Shivah quoting Ari Zal, Otzar Yediot in the name of Seder Hadorot)
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