Before he dies, Jacob blesses all his children and to Joseph he apportions a double inheritance. Joseph’s children, Manasseh and Ephraim, will inherit equal portions along with Jacob’s children. And then Jacob offers Joseph an apology: As for me, when I was coming from Paddan, Rachel died to my grief in the land of Canaan on the way, still some distance from Ephrath, and I buried her there on the way.” Why does Jacob bring this up now? ShaDaL writes that the big question is whether Jacob prefers burial with Rachel “on the way” or in his family’s plot in Hebron. In burial, Jacob chooses to respect his ancestors over his wife Rachel. Jacob asks Rachel’s son Joseph to carry out his wish – but to Joseph he imparts this information when he gives him a double inheritance. This is an attempt to assure Joseph that although he is choosing to be buried with his ancestors in the family plot, his love for Rachel endures.