|After living 17 years in Egypt, Ya’akov senses his days drawing to a close, and summons Yosef. He makes Yosef swear to bury him in the cave of Machpelah, the burial place of Adam and Chavah, Avraham and Sarah, Yitschak and Rivkah. |
Ya’akov becomes ill and Yosef brings to him his two sons, Efrayim and Menasheh. Ya’akov elevates Efrayim and Menasheh to the status of his own sons, thus giving Yosef a double portion which removes the status of the first-born from Re’uven. As Ya’akov is blind from old age, Yosef leads his sons close to their grandfather. Ya’akov kisses and hugs them. He had not thought to see his son Yosef again, let alone Yosef's children. Ya’akov begins to bless them, giving precedence to Efrayim, the younger, but Yosef interrupts him and indicates that Menasheh is the elder. Ya’akov explains that he intends to bless Efrayim with his strong hand because Yehoshua will descend from him, and Yehoshua will be both the conqueror of Erets Yisrael, and the teacher of Torah to the Jewish People.
Ya’akov summons the rest of his sons in order to bless them as well. Ya’akov's blessing reflects the unique character and ability of each tribe, directing each one in its unique mission in serving HaShem. Ya’akov passes from this world at the age of 147. A tremendous funeral procession accompanies his funeral cortege up from Egypt to his resting place in the cave of Machpelah in Chevron. After Ya’akov's passing, the brothers are concerned that Yosef will now take revenge on them. Yosef reassures them, even promising to support them and their families. Yosef lives out the rest of his years in Egypt, seeing Efrayim's great-grandchildren.
Before his death, Yosef foretells to his brothers that HaShem will redeem them from Egypt. He makes them swear to bring his bones up out of Egypt with them at that time. Yosef passes away at the age of 110 and is embalmed. Thus ends Sefer Bereshit, the first of the five Books of the Torah.