The Portion of Vayechi

Dec 20, 2015

Photo credit: Yehoshua Halevi

וַיְחִי יַעֲקֹב בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם שְׁבַע עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה וַיְהִי יְמֵי־יַעֲקֹב שְׁנֵי חַיָּיו שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים וְאַרְבָּעִים וּמְאַת שָׁנָה׃

Yaakov lived seventeen years in the land of Egypt, so that the span of Yaakov's life came to one hundred and forty-seven years.

Genesis 47:28

וַיָּמָת יוֹסֵף בֶּן־מֵאָה וָעֶשֶׂר שָׁנִים וַיַּחַנְטוּ אֹתוֹ וַיִּישֶׂם בָּאָרוֹן בְּמִצְרָיִם׃

Yosef died at the age of one hundred and ten years; and he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.

Genesis 50:26

In this, the final portion of the book of Genesis, we read of Jacob’s blessings to his sons and grandsons on his deathbed, and his final passing and burial. The book concludes with Joseph’s final days, as well, and his death and enbalming in Egypt.

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