“He sent Yehudah ahead of him to Yosef, to prepare for him in Goshen, and they came to the region of Goshen.” 46:28
“ The Aggadic interpretation of ‘to prepare’ is that there should be teaching: to establish for him a house of study, from which teaching would emanate.” Rashi quoting Tanchuma Vayigash 11
Mindful as he was of the imperative to descend to Egypt in order to survive, Yaakov refused to do so until he had first established a yeshivah. His actions demonstrated his firm conviction that in order for the Jewish people to spiritually endure in exile, Jewish education must be their priority. The correctness of this view was borne out repeatedly throughout our long existence in exile. Wherever the communities invested in strong educational institutions, the population remained steadfast and loyal to Jewish traditions. Those communities which emphasized other facets of Jewish life and culture, rapidly succumbed to wholesale assimilation.