V’ychi Gen 47:28 – 50:26

This  Torah portion is “V’ychi” (Hebrew for “he lived”), which refers to Jacob’s living in Egypt for 17 years.  This is the fourth and final Torah portion of the Joseph narrative, as well as the end of the Book of Genesis.

Synopsis:  Jacob lived in Egypt for 17 years and at the age of 147, he was ready to die.  He tells Joseph to bury him with his ancestors and not in Egypt.  Joseph presents his sons, Manasseh and Ephraim to Jacob who crosses his arms in order to give the blessing of the older to the younger.  Jacob tells Joseph that his two sons are as much sons to him as are Reuben and Simeon.  Jacob also gives deathbed blessings and curses to his sons, after which Jacob dies.  Jacob is mummified and returned to the burial site of the ancestors in Canaan.  Even the Egyptians mourned for Jacob.  Joseph’s brothers are particularly concerned that Joseph will harm them. Instead, Joseph assures them that he will protect them and their families.  Joseph lived to see great-grandchildren.  On his deathbed, Joseph asks that his body be brought to the Promised Land; and he died at the age of 110.