It seems that my family and I were chosen to endure difficult challenges, with which we struggle every day. It is hard to rise above them, but there is nothing more gratifying then overcoming a challenge. Even though the challenge still exists, and the hardships endure, we try to find ways to overcome them. How enjoyable is it that I can make another person happy, and I am grateful to G‑d that even in my present state I have found ways to do it.

This week we read how Joseph bound his brothers with an oath, that when G‑d “raises you out of this”—meaning, when He takes your descendants out of Egypt—they will take his bones with them to be buried in Israel. The Torah then ends the book of Genesis with this verse: “Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years, and he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.”

Why was it the responsibility of all the children of Israel to take Joseph’s bones; why not only his own children? Why is Joseph the focus of the end of the portion? When the Torah chooses to finish a book with a verse, there is a significant message in that verse. What message is there?

The people of Israel are about to begin a most difficult and horrific exile in Egypt. G‑d gives them the psychological tools necessary to deal with it. These are lessons here for all future exiles, including the present one.

First, we need to know that there is an end and a purpose to this exile. G‑d will not only take us out of our present state, but He will “raise us out of this.” We will be raised to a higher level; we will see and enjoy the fruits of all the work, toil and suffering. Knowing this will help us overcome the difficulties we encounter.

Second, we need to be like Joseph. Joseph became the ruler of Egypt. He rose above and ruled even while in exile. We too can be like Joseph. We can rise above and rule our present circumstances. Like Joseph, we are in it, but it doesn’t control us.

Third, Joseph stays with us until we leave exile. Every Jew was obligated to carry Joseph. He is there for each and every one of them. When things are difficult, think of Joseph, realize that you too can be like him and rise above any challenges that come our way.

Still, this exile has dragged on long enough. May G‑d remove the suffering and challenges, and give us revealed good now.