the rules of slavery, the free man acted in accordance with
the dictates of freedom. And in a son that thing would
have been unseemly which was becoming in a slave.
When Joseph swore to bury his father in Palestine, he
added the words, "As thou commandest me to do, so also
will I beg my brethren, on my death-bed, to fulfil my last
wish and carry my body from Egypt to Palestine."
Jacob, noticing the Shekinah over the bed's head, where
she always rests in a sick room, bowed himself upon the
bed's head, saying, "I thank thee, O Lord my God, that
none who is unfit came forth from my bed, but my bed was
perfect." He was particularly grateful for the revelation
God had vouchsafed him concerning his first-born son