Who Is Joseph's Real Father?

The True Significance Of Jacob's Burial

Rabbi David Fohrman

Rabbi David Fohrman


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When Joseph agrees to bury his father Jacob in Canaan, Jacob bows to him in relief – why? What was Jacob worried about? Was Jacob concerned that Joseph would feel a stronger commitment to Pharaoh, who had become a sort of father figure while Joseph was in Egypt?

In this video, the last of the book of Genesis, Rabbi Fohrman explores Joseph's tension between his commitments to Jacob and Pharaoh – two father figures in his life – and the meaning of his choice to bury Jacob in Canaan.