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December 19, 2018
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
Why didn’t Yaakov want to be buried in Egpyt?
וַיְצַ֣ו אוֹתָ֗ם וַיֹּ֤אמֶר אֲלֵהֶם֙ אֲנִי֙ נֶאֱסָ֣ף אֶל־עַמִּ֔י קִבְר֥וּ אֹתִ֖י אֶל־אֲבֹתָ֑י אֶל־הַ֨מְּעָרָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר בִּשְׂדֵ֖ה עֶפְר֥וֹן הַֽחִתִּֽי׃
Then he instructed them, saying to them, “I am about to be gathered to my kin. Bury me with my fathers in the cave which is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
Yaakov didn’t want to be buried in Egypt because:
He knew that the lice would afflict the Egyptian soil during the ten plagues and would attack his body as well.
He didn’t want his tomb to become a place of idolatry.
Those who are buried outside of Eretz Israel will not come back to life as quickly at the resurrection of the dead as those who are buried in Eretz Yisrael.
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