Parshat Vayechi 

This week’s Parsha is Vayechi 📖

Yaakov is asking his son Yosef to not bury him in Egypt. Instead, Yosef should take him to be buried in Israel, in the Holy city of Chevron with his forefathers. Yaakov did not want to be buried in a place of tuma like Egypt. He wanted to be buried in a place of kedusha! Upon hearing this, Yosef told his father that he will do it and he also decided that he too will tell his children to take him bones and bury them in Eretz Yisrael.

Why? Why would Yosef also want to be buried back in Israel? Wasn’t it too much of an imposition on Am Yisrael to ask them to go back and forth every time to bury their elders? Why is it so important we know this information that the Torah gives it to us?

Yosef is teaching us a very important lesson here.

He knew his father was a very holy man, a man who couldn’t be buried in a place with such low morals, ideas and tuma. He knew that Yaakov needed to be buried in a place that was fit for him, a place of kedusha.
Yosef was just like his father, in looks and character.

It’s the same with each and every one of us. We are created in the image of G-d, created and shaped by our ancestors, the tzaddikim. Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov, were all holy men and they passed down their sanctify and holiness to us. We should just be proud to be a Jewish and from such lofty people (spiritually and physically)!

We come from a very strong family line. Their DNA is part of our bodies and their blood flows through our veins. We need to take that and behave the same, to worship Hashem, study His Torah and fulfill His mitzvot. We need to rise and step up and use the power of our ancestors and live in the derech Hashem.

✨ *Shabbat Shalom* ✨