Jacob called for his son, for Joseph, and he said to him, “pray, do not bury me in Egypt.” And Joseph said, “I will do as you have spoken.” And Jacob said, “Swear to me.” And Joseph swore to him. Father and son are reunited but years of separation have taken their toll and Jacob won’t trust his dying wish to Joseph’s word and so he makes him take an oath. Perhaps Jacob was also worried about how the Egyptians would respond when his son buried him outside of Egypt. By forcing him to take an oath, he gave him a plausible explanation for why he was acting in this peculiar manner. The next generation wants to do the right thing but sometimes circumstances challenge them and our job is to give them tools to negotiate those challenges.