“And Jacob was told: ‘Behold, your son Joseph has come to you.’ So Israel strengthened himself and sat upon the bed.”
~ Genesis 48:2
Mortally ill, Jacob summons Joseph to his deathbed. When he’s told Joseph’s arrived, Jacob incredibly finds the strength to sit up.
Why? Surely he should save his precious strength?
Since Joseph was King of Egypt, Jacob wanted to do the right thing and accord the honor royalty deserved.
This mitzvah gave Jacob a new sense of purpose in his final moments and awarded him an additional burst of life-force.
More than making life more meaningful, a mission adds more life.