The twelfth and final section of the Book of Genesis chronicles the last period in the life of Jacob and the succession of his son Joseph. Jacob lived (Vaichi, “and he lived” in Hebrew) the last 17 years of his life in Egypt. Besides devoting himself to the ongoing moral education of his descendants, Jacob organized his family into tribes in order to prepare it for its spiritual destiny, and then bequeathed to each tribe its unique spiritual characteristics. After his death, Jacob’s sons bury him in the family burial plot in Hebron. The section closes with the subsequent death of Joseph and his promise that G‑d would eventually take them back to the Promised Land.