through the kiss of the Shekinah. And these six, together
with Benjamin, are the only ones whose corpses are
not exposed to the ravages of the worms, and they neither
corrupt nor decay.
Thus Jacob departed this world, and entered the world
to come, a foretaste of which he had enjoyed here below,
like the other two Patriarchs, and none beside among men.
In another respect their life in this world resembled their
life in the world to come, the evil inclination had no power
over them, either here or there, wherein David resembled
Joseph ordered his father's body to be placed upon a
couch of ivory, covered with gold, studded with gems, and