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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. ...


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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 ...


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According to Siftei Chachamim there (#7), that's not what Rashi meant. דק״ל וילך חרגה משמע שבא לחרן וזה א״א שהרי אח״כ כתיב ויפגע במקום וזה היה קודם ביאתו לחרן ודוחק לומר שיהיה וילך כמשמעו שבא לחרן ואח״כ שב לבאר מה שפגע לו בדרך כי אין זה דרך המקרא לכן פירש יצא ללכת [Rashi commented] because it is difficult to understand "and he went to Charan," which ...


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I have heard 2 answers to this question. Do not remember sources. 1 - Since the Terafim were in the tent, the Tumah (impurity) blocked Yaakov's Ruach Hakodesh. 2 - Yaakov was married to 2 sisters, which is forbidden by the Torah. One of the reasons it was allowed was that the Avos did not keep the Torah in Chutz Laretz. Yaakov was on his way back to Eretz ...


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Even a full blown Navi only gets the the messages Hashem sends and regarding anything else can be mistaken. See Taanya, Igeres Hakodesh chapter 22. Otherwise they would all be millionaires.


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Rashi to the cited verse: לא יחיה: ומאותה קללה מתה רחל בדרך Shall not live: and from that curse Rachel died on the road. So it seems that it was a curse.


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Note that the idols were never found. Therefore, he never knew that it would have applied to anyone in his household. That is why the meforshim say that the "words of a tzadik come true" even if they do not appear to apply. This means that a tzadik needs to be very careful what he says. Even though the condition (of the idols being found in someone's ...


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The Ohr HaChaim explains that the reason why the posuk mentions that Lavan was “his mother’s brother” three times is to show that all of his actions were because he was his mother’s brother, and that he was doing them for the honor of his mother. Another explanation that he gives is that since a stranger was doing an act of kindness for Rachel, people may ...


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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 ...


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The sefer Asifas HaKohen here says: It seems to me that Rashi learned this from the gemora in Kiddushin 29b where there seems to be a dispute about whether a man should first learn Torah and then get married, or first get married and then learn Torah. The gemora concludes that there is no dispute in the matter, but rather the first way applies to those ...


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The Maharam Shik posed this question in the first teshuva on Even Ha'ezer. (See the second and third paragraphs here). He says that the Avot wanted to have holy descendants and therefore delayed the mitzva of 'peru urvu' until the time that they could find the most suitable spouse. Generally, one is allowed to delay the fulfilment of a mitzva if one will ...


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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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