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Joseph’s final request to his children seems simple enough: When you return to the Holy Land, take my bones back with you. But how will they remember this promise through the generations?

A midrash (biblically inspired narrative) tells the story of a daughter born to Joseph’s brother, Asher, and her name is Serach. Serach has an unusually long life, and she is the one who survives to tell the generation of the exodus where to find Joseph’s remains. The strange wisdom of one who “knows where the bodies are buried” is to be trusted, and the promise, fulfilled.

Read on: Full parshah text.