And with the closing Parasha of the Book of Bereishit the narration of the life of the patriarchs concludes.
Yaakov feels that the end of his days are approaching, calls Joseph, his son, and makes him swear that the he will not bury him in Egypt, but in “Mearat Hamajpelah” next to his forefathers.
Yaakov blesses Menashe and Efraim, Joseph´s two sons, so that they will each be a father of a tribe in Israel, thereby elevating them to the status of his sons:
In blessing them, Yaakov places his right hand on Efraim’s head and his left on Menashe´s, crossing his arms, since Joseph had placed the elder Manashe to his father’s right. Joseph thinks that his father—who has grown blind in his old age, doesn’t realize that the elder son is to his right.
And Joseph said: “No father, it´s not like this, he is the first born!”
“ I know my son” Yaakov responded “he will also be great, but truly his younger brother will be greater than him, and his descendants will become a multitude of nations.”
And Yaakov blesses them with the beracha parents have been saying to their children for more than 3,000 years:
" Yesimej Elo-ím KeEfraim ve Menashe ...
Yaacov hands over the birthright to Joseph, granting him a double inheritance, and turning Efraim and Menashe into two tribes of Am Israel.
Yaakov bids farewell to his 12 sons, and blesses each of them individually defining their roles as respective tribes.
And Yaakov passes away and is honored with a historic funeral procession The Egyptians, the people from Canaan the servants of Pharaoh and his children bury him in Mearat Hamajpelah, as he wished.
Upon returning to Egypt, Joseph´s brothers fear that he will have a change in behavior toward them, and Joseph tells them, “...Fear not, for I will nourish you and your little ones...”
And that´s how it happened, they lived in harmony and abundance.
At the age of 110 Joseph passes away, but before doing so makes his brothers swear that when they leave Egypt they will take his bones with them so he can be buried in the Promised Land.
And the Parasha concludes like this...
“Joseph’s body is placed in a coffin to await the day of return to the Promised Land.”
¡¡ SHABAT SHALOM !!