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Really interesting question- one I've often thought about myself as well. One answer that I find most compelling is that Yosef believed his father was in on the plan to sell him. The trope of a father sending away his "bad seed" is a pattern we see from Ishamael and Esav. The same way the brother's perceived Yosef to be this bad son who must be sent away, it ...


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Yaakov was 99 when Rachel died. He outlived her by 48 years. The Talmud (Megilah 17a) says that Yaakov was away from his father for 36 years. The first 14 were at the Yeshiva of Ever, 20 were spent at Lavan's house, and the last two were spent along the way home (at Sukkos and Beis-El), after which Rachel died. Since Yosef was born six years before Yaakov ...


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There is a dispute of the Rishonim as to whether or not daughter in law is a relationship prohibited to Noahides (Ramban vs. Rashba). The Ramban (to Yevamos 98a) holds that Noahides have no prohibition of relationships with relatives who are not blood relatives. He brings a proof to this from the fact that Yehuda absolved Tamar upon discovering her ...


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Rambam Ch. 9 of Kings & Wars lists all prohibited relatives for Noahides, and "sister-in-law" is not on the list. Therefore, Yibum is not overriding any prohibition for them. Mr. Noahide, you want to marry your brother's ex-wife? That's totally your choice (well, you have to ask her first), whether there were kids or weren't; whether the marriage ended ...


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Rabeinu Avraham Ben HaRambam, in explaining why Reuvein didn't tell Yaakov (since Reuvein wasn't in on the sale), suggest in one answer that Reuvein didn't tell for the same reason that Yosef didn't - he wanted to see how Divine Providence would play out. This is particularly applicable to Yosef, who has just seen his one attempt at hishtadlus (telling the ...


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I would like to propose the possibility that the angel with which Jacob wrestled is actually a proxy for G-d himself. As evidence that angels can be a proxy for G-d, consider the first few verses of Parasha Vayeira (Genesis 18). It states that Hashem appeared to Abraham, but in the next verse Abraham lifted his eyes and saw three men (angels). For Abraham ...


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Sholom Mordechai Hakohen Schwadron (Hebrew: הרב שלום מרדכי הכהן שבדרון‎) (1912–21 December 1997) edited and published two famous mussar texts composed by his teachers — Ohr Yahel by Rabbi Leib Chasman and Lev Eliyahu by Rabbi Elyah Lopian. Our Rav quoted Rav Chasman as having stated that the malach was stating that this is his name. When an enemy general ...


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I had the opportunity today to pose this question to a certain Rov. He said the fact that Yaakov had enough, either in the number of people or possessions, to be able to split into two actual camps was what Yaakov was praising Hashem for. Irrespective of whether or not he did and for what reason. Had there only been two people that split up, this would not ...


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The Ohr HaChaim writes that since Ya’akov said “Tell me your name now” because he knew that angels have no permanent name and for this reason when he asked the angel his name he explained that he wished to know the angel’s name at the current moment, to this the angel responded “Why this?” - why do you ask me my name with this explanation (that you want to ...


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I have also seen that Yaakov was hinting that the bracha (which was mainly agricultural) had not helped him. The bracha from Hashem was in his flocks which had not been mentioned by Yitzchak. Yaakov was also hinting that everything he had was from the hard work and knowledge of husbandry which he had as well as a bracha from Hashem granted to him while he ...


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Ramban (verse 14) says it's because that's what he had at hand.


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In addition to DanF's answer, it seems there's a message in the gift. What do you get when you add twenty rams and 200 ewes? Well if you're really hungry, 220 mutton chops! If you're patient, though, you have a breeding stock that can produce thousands. If there's anyone who could play the victim card -- you ruined my life! -- it's Esav. Yaakov's message, ...


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There are two things that would contradict your assumptions in your question. 1 - Rashi on Breishit 32:14 cites a Midrash saying that Ya'akov included precious stones and diamonds. 2 - Breishit 36:6-7 states that Esav had a lot of herds / cattle and because he had so much the land was not big enough to hold both his and Ya'akov's cattle, which is one of ...


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Part of Ramban's comment on Breishit 32:21 offers some insight to this. He says that when Ya'akov sent messengers with a huge gift for Esav, the verse explains part of Ya'akovs thinking where he uses the term "kaparah" - a bit of an unusual term, here. Ramba"n explains that he sent servants before him and gave "kofer nafsho" (loose translation - redemption ...


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Rashi himself asks and answers this question! On 32:9, he writes that his purpose is to provide a direct quote of Hashem for the sake of his argument/plea: ואלהי אבי יצחק: ולהלן הוא אומר (לא מב) ופחד יצחק, ועוד מהו שחזר והזכיר שם המיוחד, היה לו לכתוב האומר אלי שוב לארצך וגו'. אלא כך אמר יעקב לפני הקב"ה שתי הבטחות הבטחתני אחת בצאתי מבית אבי מבאר שבע, ...


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See commentary Ohr Hachaim on Breishit 29:28. He explains that it was a belittlement of Leah that she was married by deceit, and this fact would diminish his love for his wife. Therefore, he registered a complaint to Lavan. However, at the same time, Ya'akov was willing to accept what had occurred and didn't attempt to divorce Le'ah. (I'm unfamiliar with ...


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Excellent question. There are many times when we find ourselves in situations which require us to give up what we'd prefer. Agreed. But think about it from Rachel's perspective. She wanted to be married to him! (And my impression is that even after he was stuck with Leah, she still wanted to be married to him.) Rabbi Yaakov Kaminetsky basically makes ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that every event in the parsha represents the triumph of Sarah's view and approach. First, the purchase of Ma'aras HaMachepeilah shows the actualization of G-d's promise in the world. She passed away unable to take the news that Yitzchak was almost sacrificed because her focus was on serving G-d within the world, not negating ...


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msh210 is correct but... al pi drush one can say the main part of the parsha revolved around Yitzchok's finding a wife. This happened in large part as his emotional replacement for his mother as the Torah attests at the end of chapter 24 'and Yitzchok was comforted after his mother'. Another point is kabbalisticaly speaking, as brought in Chida and others ...


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Like the colloquial name of every other parasha, Chaye Sara's comes from its initial words.



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