And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-serah, which is in Mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.
And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel had brought up out of Egypt, they buried in Shechem, in the parcel of ground which Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem, for a hundred pieces of money; and they became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.
And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in the hill of Phinehas his son, which was given to him in Mount Ephraim. (Prophets, Joshua, 24:29-30, 24:32-33)
The Torah refers to spiritual searches and movements. We are not talking about the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel carry out of Egypt, but about the fact that a person takes on with him a direction, a philosophy of life. What he receives from his ancestors directs him in life, shows him how to go on.
Therefore, when it is written that they carried the bones of Joseph from Egypt, it is meant that the people kept the basics of Joseph all the time.
Joseph is the Sefira Yesod. Its basis is unity. Therefore, the children of Israel carry a reminder all the time that they must be one nation.
Question: Why are we not really carrying “the bones of Joseph” today?
Answer: I hope that we will begin to understand that we need this after all. Since Joseph (from the word “Osef” – “gather”) symbolizes connection, we will be able to gather all our strength, intentions, and aspirations and finally understand that we have one goal, and only by fulfilling it will we reach, and reach quickly, what we are commanded.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/6/21