Eisav’s Final Appearance
When the procession arrived at Me’aras HaMachpailah, they were all greeted by none other than… Eisav! Yaakov’s wicked, twin brother made one last appearance.
“You can’t bury Yaakov here!” shouted Eisav. “There’s only one more burial place left… and it rightfully belongs to me!!” “Absolutely not,” replied Yosef. “This cave does not belong to you. We have a contract which states this clearly.” “Ha! Ha!” laughed Eisav. “Show me the contract!”
“We have the contract… but it is in Egypt,” answered one of the brothers. “NO contract – NO proof!” Eisav declared. “Now find a different burial place for my brother Yaakov.” Quickly, they sent the fastest brother, Naftali, to Egypt to get the contract.
The burial was delayed and everyone was getting restless and impatient. Outrageous! Eisav was delaying their holy father’s burial! What a troublemaker!
Finally, Dan’s son, Chushim, took matters into his own hands. He had trouble hearing and was not following the whole conversation. All he knew was that Eisav was holding up his grandfather’s burial, so he grabbed a stick and killed Eisav!
At last, Yaakov was buried in his rightful place, next to his wife Leah, his parents, Yitzchak and Rivkah, and his grandparents, Avraham and Sarah. The first man and woman, Adam and Chavah, were also buried there.