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The sefer באר יוסף (a sefer I very highly recommend) writes that immediately after Yaakov died the enslavement of Yisrael to Egypt began. This even affected Yosef's elevated status, so much so that he could no longer appeal to Pharaoh directly concerning Yaakov's burial, and instead had to appeal to the members of his household to intercede for him.
Before answering this question from the sefer בני יששכר we need to mention two more problems that the commentaries raise: The posuk in Bereishis (48,14) says that although Yosef placed Menashe on Yaakov's right and Ephraim on Yaakov's left, Yaakov deliberately crossed his hands and placed his right hand on Ephraim and his left hand on Menashe. Why did he ...
The באר יעקב explains that in an earlier posuk Yaakov had said that Ephraim and Menashe were to be like Reuven and Shimon, but he did not wish them to be completely like them, because concerning Reuven and Shimon he had prayed that his name should not be associated with them when mentioning their offspring who committed evil deeds. That is, when the Torah ...
Rabbi Shlomo Kluger comments on the posuk (48,2) “And (someone) told Yaakov and said: Behold, your son Yosef is coming to you. And Yisrael summoned his strength and sat up on the bed”, that the word “behold” in this posuk implies that something new was happening here, implying that Yosef was accustomed never to go to his father. We can explain why this was ...
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