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See commentary Ohr Hachaim on Breishit 29:28. He states that it would have been considered pompous (my trtanslation of the term "gnai" - may be inaccurate) of Ya'akov to be married to just Le'ah as he would be married to a woman he received via cheating, and this fact would diminish his love for his wife. Therefore, he registered a complaint to Lavan. ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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


The Medrash Raba פרשה ע uses the phrase: בְּרַמְשָׁא אֲתוֹן מַעֲלָתָא וַחֲפוֹן בּוֹצִינַיָא.‏ All the Meforshim translate that as "at night the lads came and turned off [lit. covered] the lights." The exact spelling of מַעֲלָתָא is a matter of dispute. See the various Meforshim on the Medrash Raba. E.g. The Yalkut Shimoni (כ"ט כ"ב-כ"ה) says ...


This is the interpretation of the Shem Mishmuel on the Parsha (5671). His reasoning is that the three 'blessings' of Sarah's tent correspond to three miracles that occurred in the Mishkan, the third of which was that the showbread remained fresh for the entire week. Therefore, he says that the 'blessing in the dough' means the same thing.


Rashi there says: The half shekel weight of the nose-ring is a reference to the מחצית השקל, the half shekel coin that Jews donated to the Temple yearly. The bracelets refer to the ten tablets -- the two bracelets are the two tablets, and the weight of 10 shekels corresponds to the Ten Commandments. Tol'dos Yitzchak (by Rav Yitzchak Karo, uncle of the Bes ...


It is a reference to Rashi to Bereishis 29:25: מסר יעקב לרחל סימנים, וכשראתה רחל שמכניסין לו לאה אמרה עכשיו תכלם אחותי, עמדה ומסרה לה אותן סימנים Jacob had given signs to Rachel, but when she saw that they were bringing Leah, she (Rachel) said,“Now, my sister will be put to shame". So she readily transmitted those signs to her. - [from Meg. 13b]

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