Section: Galus & Geula   Category: Eretz Yisroel
Parshas Vayeishev: Only Native Sons Of Eretz Yisroel Will Be Buried There

Yosef lamented to the Sar HaMashkin that he was stolen from his homeland of Eretz Yisroel. The Medrash says that whoever acknowldeges his homeland will be buried there, like Yosef who was eventually brought to burial in Eretz Yisroel. Moshe on the other hand who heard the Yisro's daughters refer to him as a Mitzri and said nothing, was not zocheh to Kvuras Eretz Yisroel.

The comparison between Yosef and Moshe seems odd. Yosef was actually born in Eretz Yisroel while Moshe in fact was born and raised in Mitzrayim. Why is Moshe condemned for not denying that he was a Mitzri? The Iturei Torah brings from Rav Meir Yechiel of Ostrovtza that from the time Hashem promised Avrohom Avinu that his children will receive Eretz Yisroel every Jew should consider himself a native son and citizen no matter where he was born, raised, or lives. Only those will be zocheh to Kvuras Eretz Yisroel!