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I heard once from Rabbi Dovid Fohrman that this was exactly the question that the sons of Yaakov were challenging him with. Bereishis 37:32 וישלחו את-כתונת הפסים, ויביאו אל-אביהם, ויאמרו, זאת מצאנו: הכר-נא, הכתונת בנך היא--אם-לא And they sent the cloak to him, and it was brought to their father, and they said, "We found this. Recognize, please, is ...


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According to Rabbi Munk in his commentary on Vay'chi, it is because Esav was attempting to deny that he had sold his "birthright" completely. That is, he claimed that he had sold the "first born" rights and had sold the (future) settlement of the land of Canaan (to avoid the 400 years of slavery that was still ahead) but not the 50% share of the remaining ...


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The sefer באר יוסף (a sefer I very highly recommend) writes that immediately after Yaakov died the enslavement of Yisrael to Egypt began. This even affected Yosef's elevated status, so much so that he could no longer appeal to Pharaoh directly concerning Yaakov's burial, and instead had to appeal to the members of his household to intercede for him.


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"If so, why does the Torah stress again and again that Avraham bought the cave from Efron HaChiti?" So that there wouldn't be any question as to ownership rights. See here for more.


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Sefer Lidrosh Elokim mentions in the name of the Shevet Musar 40 in the name of Sefer Kanfei Yonah 3:9 that saying גָּ֖ד גְּד֣וּד יְגוּדֶ֑נּוּ וְה֖וּא יָגֻ֥ד עָקֵֽב three times the regular way and three times backwards is a protection for Keri.


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The באר יעקב explains that in an earlier posuk Yaakov had said that Ephraim and Menashe were to be like Reuven and Shimon, but he did not wish them to be completely like them, because concerning Reuven and Shimon he had prayed that his name should not be associated with them when mentioning their offspring who committed evil deeds. That is, when the Torah ...


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Rabbi Shlomo Kluger comments on the posuk (48,2) “And (someone) told Yaakov and said: Behold, your son Yosef is coming to you. And Yisrael summoned his strength and sat up on the bed”, that the word “behold” in this posuk implies that something new was happening here, implying that Yosef was accustomed never to go to his father. We can explain why this was ...


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While David does not take action against Shimi ben Gera, who cursed him in his flight from Avshalom, during his reign, he does tell Shlomo to 'take care' of Shimi ben Gera, toward the end of his life. Shlomo essentially puts Shimi on a sort of house arrest, which he violates, resulting in his death, (See Kings I chapter 2 for the whole incident). He has ...


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Indeed, in Devarim 21:16 - 17 it states that the father cannot favor the son of the beloved wife over the older son of a hated wife. But that is with all else being equal, with the only reason one favors the younger firstborn being love for the more beloved wife. Reuven lost his firstborn rights for sleeping with Bilhah, his father's concubine. This is ...


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עשה ("made") can also mean acquired, as in קנין. Among other places this is stated in ספר השרשים. Interestingly the same Targum doesn't translate it that way on Bereishit 37:3. I guess he doesn't only choose one opinion for all verses, or perhaps as @Baby Seal suggested, he further tailored it in some way.


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Before answering this question from the sefer בני יששכר we need to mention two more problems that the commentaries raise: The posuk in Bereishis (48,14) says that although Yosef placed Menashe on Yaakov's right and Ephraim on Yaakov's left, Yaakov deliberately crossed his hands and placed his right hand on Ephraim and his left hand on Menashe. Why did he ...


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See here for a rundown of the basic opinions. 1) Rashi, the Ibn Ezra and the Ramban all speak about it being an angel that Hashem sends as His messenger to do things like provide blessings, redemption, etc. The Ibn Ezra (in Shemos 23) specifically identifies the angel as Michoel. 2) The kabbalistic understanding (brought in the Or Hachaim on the passuk) is ...



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