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The terafim represented that part of Lavan's psyche that he had invested in them. Had Rachel destroyed the terafim she would have destroyed the opportunity to ever again meaningfully communicate with her father. Because she stole part of his soul she became inexorably bound to him and was unable to exist as Binyamin's mother, remaining Lavan's daughter in ...


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“Rabbi Yose said, ‘What are תְּרָפִים (terafim) (Genesis 31:19)? They were idolatry. Why are they called תְּרָפִים (terafim)? Out of disgrace, as we have learned: ‘place of תּוֹרֶף (toref), pudenda…’ [תְּרָפִים (Terafim), household gods] speak constantly, offering evil counsel to one’s soul. Rachel feared they would offer advice on how to harm Jacob, so to ...



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