The brothers rushed to their father with the incredible news, “Yosef is still alive and he is the ruler of the entire land of Egypt!”
Yaakov could hardly believe the news, but then noticed the wagons filled with the “Finest of Egypt” and it started to sink in. As the brothers filled him in with all the details, it was clear to Yaakov – Yosef is indeed alive!
Yaakov’s spirit was revived once again and he cried out with tears of joy, “My son Yosef is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
Yaakov together with his family traveled to Be’er Sheva. There he built an altar and offered sacrifices to HaShem.
That night HaShem appeared to him, “Yaakov, Yaakov. Fear not. Go down to Egypt. I will make you a great nation. I will also go down with you and I will eventually take you out.”
The next day, 69 people of the house of Yaakov embarked on their journey out of Cana’an and down to Egypt.
Just as they came through the gates of Egypt, Levi and his wife had a baby girl. They named her Yocheved. She was a special girl, who would one day be the mother of Moshe Rabbeinu, the great leader of the Jewish people. Counting Yocheved, there were now 70 souls who left their homeland and settled in a strange land.