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Some of these interpretations are mine: The blessings of course are prophecies. They do not actually come from Yitzchak's own words but from G-d. In order to "find" a blessing for Eisav after the original one had been "taken" by Yaakov, Yitzchak had to see Ruach Hakodesh. The G'mora identifies the prophets and all the Patriarchs, including Yitzchak, are ...


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The Ohr HaChaim explains that Yitzchok realized that Eisav would now hate and curse Ya’akov, and because he had said to Ya’akov “those that curse you shall be cursed” he did not wish to bless Eisav since this would contradict this, and therefore he tried to avoid giving Eisav a blessing. He continues that the reason why Yitzchak relented and gave him a ...


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Chanukas Hatorah gives the following answer in explanation as to why Rashi says וזהו איטליאה של יון. Gemara Shabbos 56b says that when King Solomon married the daughter of Paaroh the angel Gavriel came down from heaven and placed a rod in the sea upon which eventually was built the big city of Rome, which is Italia Shel Yavan. בשעה שנשא שלמה את בת פרעה ...


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My friend explained that the blessings that Yitzchak originally intended for Eisav were brachos for materialism in order to support Yaakov's learning, similar to Yissachar and Zevulun, in a way. However, Rivkah didn't think that this would work out so well, because she saw that whatever materialism that Eisav had at the time, was used entirely to please ...


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Had there been extra pesukim showing how long Aminadav lived and when Aharon took Elisheva as a wife and when Elazar married bas Putiel, then we could have made a drasha like that. However, in this case, all we know is that Aharon married some time during the galus mitzrayim and that Pinchas was born some (unknown) time before yetzias Mitzraim and that he ...


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This is from memory from various meforshim (I do not have the sources here). I wrote this up previously but have not been able to find where I did so. We have the medrashim that Eisav was already leading a band of men. These men were the "family defense force". That is why the servants of Avimelech were unable to attack Yitzchak and instead resorted to ...


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The Ramban takes for granted that they took their sons with them to Gerar and explains that no-one asked about them because they told themselves that they were his sons from a different woman.


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Two separate things happened: The Bekhora was sold (reminds me of how Abraham insisted on purchasing Me'arat haMakhpela). Isaac was cheated. However, it is wrong to approach the text of Genesis from the point of view of (alternative) history. The function of Genesis is to establish the position of man in this world, knowing of god (as in הכרה or ידיעה). ...


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I've read an article (in Russian) that says that according to misrash (not cited which) if Eisav was making all right then 12 tribes were born from both brothers, 6 from Eisav and 6 from Yaakov. Translation of the relevant part: And if Eisav did his job properly, he would retain its status as a descendant of Yitzchak, and the Jewish people, says the ...


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R. Shlomo Kluger in his sefer Imrei Shefer here says that גוים refer to the nations of the world, and לאומים refer to Yisrael.


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R. Shlomo Kluger in his sefer Imrei Shefer writes that: Eisav could have killed Ya’akov even while Yitzchok was still alive, but the reason why he delayed, saying to himself that when “the days of mourning for my father shall draw near I will kill Ya’akov, my brother” is because he knew that when he kills Ya’akov he will be very happy, and on the other ...


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This shows us a great lesson always be humble........ like Rashi :-)


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The sefer Tsror HaChaim (added to beginning of the sefer Shoshanas Ya’akov) here explains: Yitzchok was afraid that Ya’akov might come and trick him, as he in fact did. So what did he do to forestall this possibility? He figured that if Ya’akov was going to try to trick him into thinking that he is Eisav, he would change his voice and speak harshly like ...


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The book Lev Eliyahu by Rabbi Elyah Lopian zt'l comments there that the "looking in the window" there is referring not to a window but to sorcery. i.e. he saw through some kind of sorcery, crystal ball, etc.


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The Tur al HaTorah says we must assume this happened during the day otherwise how could Avimelech have seen into a dark room. He explains this behavior with the idea that a Talmid Chacham can cover himself and have relations during the day. This is similar to the Or HaChaim who quotes the gemara in ksuvos 65a where we find this behavior as a means to stave ...


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The one Av we find mentioning maaser outright was Yaakov in parshas Vayeitzei chapter 28 verse 22. That Maaser is explaned by Rashbam to be Korbanos. Radak, Seichel Tov and Pirkei diRabi Eliazar all explain it was a separating of one of his children for heavenly servitude, a job detail Levi filled. Only Rashi in chapter 32 verse 14 seems to learn it was an ...


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The sefer Sifsei Kohen here writes that he heard someone explain (דרך הלצה) that Eisav said to himself: If I kill Ya’akov now I will have to observe a period of mourning for him, and when my father also dies I will have to observe another period of mourning. Therefore, I won’t kill Ya’akov now but rather “let the days of mourning for my father draw near” and ...


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How could Avraham feed his guests tongue? I point out that technically, Avraham Yitzchak and Yaakov were kohanim themselves. Thus, they could have separated ma'aser and "given" it to themselves for Hashem. Also, since they funded their own Yeshivos, they could have used their ma'aser kesafim for that purpose. Another point is that since it was before matan ...


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A) Why were they having relations during the daytime? Where do you see that it says anything about daytime? B) Why were they having relations in a way that others could see? The שפתי חכמים answers your question. He says that it's impossible to say that they would have relations where people could see them. Rather, by Yitzchak closing the ...


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The sefer Yalkut HaGershoni here writes in the name of R. Tzvi Yaakov Klein: Ya’akov was very wise as we see from his cunning in dealing with Eisav and Lavan. Therefore he was called an איש תם, a man - a master - of guilelessness, and so according to the needs of the moment he would set aside his guilelessness and use cunning and deceit. However, ...


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Rav Moshe Shapira explained this as part of a broader approach to the difference between the philosophy of Avraham and that of Shem. To summarize, Shem was an ascetic, and believed in spirituality divorced from physicality. His Torah was the Torah of pure spirituality which does not involve the physicality. He is, therefore, the authority on the ...



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