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The Rashbam to Bereishis 43:33 writes that not only were the 6 sons of Leah born in 7 years, but also all of the other sons of Yaakov (with the obvious exception of Binyamin, who is explicitly mentioned as having been born later). There are two basic possibilities of how this would happen. One option is that the literal chronology of the verses (which ...


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As per DanF's comment and the commentary of the Stone Chumash: Ramban cites Radak that Jacob surely loved Leah, but that his greater love for Rachel made her seem unloved -- or even hated -- by comparison.


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Rav Hirsch explains that Not "Ki Leah Senuah", that Leah was hated, but כִּי שְׂנוּאָה לֵאָה that the hated one of the two, i.e. the less beloved, was Leah. ... It is significant that the real pith of the Jewish nation has not the one for its mother whom Jacob - as far as the text itself relates - chose primarily more for the impression her ...


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Note that besides answering the question, I also deal with the suggestion that Devorah was carrying the message as @GershonGold says in his answer.. Rav Hirsch points out in 35:8 that we do not know that Rivkah had sent Devorah to Yaakov with a message. Note that those who say Rivkah married Yitzchak at age 3, would imply that she had accompanied Rivkah to ...


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Bava Basra 123a says that since she hated the ways of Eisav therefore she got pregnant. אלא ראה הקב״ה ששנואין מעשה עשו בפניה ויפתח רחמה


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Yitzchak was still alive long after the events in Vyishshlach so Eisav would not have gone to Lavan's house to kill Yaakov. Yitzchak was still alive when Yosef was sent to Mitzraim. Yitzchak died at 180 years, when Yaakov was 120. Ya'akov told Par'o that he was 130 years old when he met him. Thus Yitzchak died 10 years before Yaakov met Par'o. Since Yosef ...


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My Chumash gives the reference to the Medrash Rabbah 71 (8). In this Medrash Rabbah it's 71 (11). I see there one notarikon. ותאמר רחל נפתולי אלהים נפתלתי וגו׳ . נופתי פתיתי תליתי אחותי עלי. א״ר יוחנן נינפה היה לי לעשות לפני אחותי. אילו שלהתי ואמרתי לו תן דעתך שהם מרמין בך לא היה פורש which I understand to mean from the commentary: נופתי I ...


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The meforshim use this as an example of how an inadvertant statement by a tzadik can cause later problems. That is, Yaakov had no idea that she had taken it and the condition used was not fulfilled. However, "the word of the tzadik is important". Thus, when Rachel was in danger (giving birth) this statement by Yaakov was included in the judgment and ...


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From the explanation of Rav Hirsch it appears that Avraham is called Avicha and not Yitzchak because the inheritance (and the bracha) was passed along to Yaakov. It was now his turn "to build a complete Jewish household" and to create the "Abrahamitic future". Thus, since Yitzchak was housebound and blind, he could not take an active part in the community ...


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Your analogy is incorrect as it does not apply to what happened to Leah. Leah did not attempt to "take away" a son from Rachel and it was thanks to Hashem who had done this. Rav Hirsch points out that with each of the three previous sons she recognized an increasing connection to her husband. In fact, Rav Hirsch says It is accordingly, highly ...


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Yitzchak died later. See 35:27–29 and Rashi to verse 29. (Even if we were, for some reason, to accept only such parts of Rashi's chronology as are based on the explicit p'sukim rather than the Bavli M'gila — who knows, perhaps some Chumash commentators argue on Rashi in this regard — the remaining parts of it nonetheless prove that ...


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While it is true that the Torah weighs every word and that many important Halachos are learned from minute hints, the Torah doesn't shy from verbosity when something is to be learned from it. An example of this is the story of Eliezer's journey to find Rivka. The depiction of her giving him to drink is repeated three times: in his prayer, when she does it, ...


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The Zohar interprets these events to mean the Yaakov was exploring the secrets of the mitzvah of Tzitzis.



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