I was asked a good question;
“Joseph died twice. What is your take on this? The book ends with his death, sounds appropriate. Shemot starts with the brothers still alive although they could have died in the previous book, and Joseph dies again, prior to his brothers as we well know. The bothers provide the link between the books, fine.”
Joseph died once but his death is mentioned twice.
Genesis is Keter of Zeir Anpin and the last parasha is Malchut of Keter of Zeir Anpin. The whole genesis is related to the building of the Spiritual system with the 10 Sefirot. Joseph is Yessod and connects
us to Malchut. He was sent to Egypt, which is Malchut of Malchut of this world to control it and to initiate the process of the correction of the system until the coming of Mashiach.
With the words ‘Pakod Yifkod’, he mentions the final redemption.
וַיַּשְׁבַּע יוֹסֵף, אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר: פָּקֹד יִפְקֹד
אֱלֹהִים אֶתְכֶם, וְהַעֲלִתֶם אֶת-עַצְמֹתַי מִזֶּה
And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying: ‘God will surely remember you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
In Hebrew “His bones” also means his essence, which is Yessod and the control over Malchut (That is why later Pharaoh went after the Israelites. They took Joseph’s bones/essence with them and Pharaoh felt without energy. Egypt could never recover from that loss)
In the beginning of Exodus we have the count of the 10 sons.. “And Joseph was in Egypt… Exodus 2:6 “And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls; and Joseph was in Egypt already.”
70 is mentioned again to point to the system of the world of action (Asiyah) with seven levels of 10 Sefirot each that was completed. 70 and 10 are connected to the final redemption. The second temple was destroyed 70 years after the first one with the 10 Martyrs paying for the sin of the brothers (selling their brother Joseph).
The 10 martyrs cleansed the sins of the “fathers” and started the process of the building toward the third and final temple.
In 1948, with the establishment of the state of Israel we started the last 70 years before “Pakod Yifkod” See more on this here: http://dailyzohar.com/?p=1430 and http://dailyzohar.com/?p=1002
The family of 70 souls, the brothers and Joseph, provide a link between the spiritual and physical worlds as well as a process of correction to the final redemption.