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VaYigash 11-6

And (he) approached

Genesis 46:28 – 47:10

Israel said to Joseph, Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.

Gen. 46:30 NIVUK

Why did Israel say that he could die after seeing Yosef?

Our father Israel lived for one thing: to fulfill the Eternal's purpose for his life. He knew that his history was in Yosef and his other sons. He knew that the Eternal had chosen his children to be the fulfillment of the promises made to his fathers. If one of them should be missing, there would be a great loss in the divine plan for the family. Yaakov understood that Yosef was very important not only because the life of every human being is very precious and very valuable, but also because HaShem had given him the role of a powerful prince in the world to help many other people. Yaakov knew that through the seed of Avraham all the families of the earth would be blessed and Yosef played a very important role in the fulfillment of that promise.

That's why Israel said to Yosef after seeing him that he knew that his role of father and instructor of his children had been fulfilled and through them, the Eternal's promises would continue to be carried out.

However, that was not the moment for the patriarch's death. The Eternal wanted to give him a pleasant old age time after so many years of grief and hard work. Since he had taken care of Yosef for 17 years of his early life, now Yosef was able to take care of his father with all kinds of goods and good food for another 17 years until his death (47:28).

May the Eternal, who is good and powerful, fulfill His purpose in each one of us so that we can feel and say before dying, that we have fulfilled the task for which we were born.

May the Eternal let his face shine upon you and give you grace,


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