As for you Abraham, you shall go to your fathers in peace, you shall be buried in ripe old age. For Rashi, this promise consists of two elements – “go to your fathers in peace” means that Abraham’s father will join his son’s faith and “you shall be buried in ripe old age,” means that Abraham will reconcile with all his children. Rashi understood that the greatest blessing was a family united in faith. In the 19thC, Rabbi Mecklenburg offered a creative reading that rereads the Hebrew word your fathers (avotecha) to the word for desire (ava). For him the promise to Abraham is not of generations united in faith but of personal fulfilment that is arrived at through faith.