Thursday, December 20, 2007

Promise me!

47:31 Why did Yaakov make Yosef swear to him that he would take him bones out of Egypt and give him a proper burial in Eretz Yisrael, does he not trust him? His name was Yosef HATZADDICK!

The Rambam answers that although Yaakov most definitely did trust Yosef he did not trust Pharoah. Yaakov realized that if he made a binding agreement with Yosef it would negate any of Pharoah’s wishes of wanting to bury the Patriarch in Mitzrayim.

Not only that, but Yaakov also wanted his son to be more anxious to fulfill this mitzvah so he made him swear.

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