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Feb
20
comment How does Rashi knows that Shimshai safra is Hamman's son?
preferrably Tanach, if exists. Otherwise, it's probably messora and Tanaim or Emoraim is fine.
Feb
19
asked How does Rashi knows that Shimshai safra is Hamman's son?
Dec
19
comment About what were rabbis ahead of the times?
@msh210 and it does seem the biggest explanation ahead of time. Except that everybody knew it when Adam was created... Doesn't that also count as a scientific fact (back then)? :)
Dec
19
comment What is it with the donkeys all over Parashat Mikeitz?
However, I think that your answer applies also for (1) the donkeys might have been mentioned to imply that they bought a large amount of food, which is essential for their families; and for (5) if it weren't mentioned that the donkeys were also sent with the brothers, we could have thought that Yossef has confiscated them (Egyptian rulers probably weren't famous for their generosity).
Dec
19
comment What is it with the donkeys all over Parashat Mikeitz?
+1 this well answers (3). Yet a complete answer would either answer all 6, or include some overall donkeys insight :). Thanks for the answer.
Dec
17
asked What is it with the donkeys all over Parashat Mikeitz?
Dec
17
comment How did Yosef showing his circumcision prove anything?
I think the second answer of Tzeida Laderech has an additional important detail. After all, Yossef has married Osnat Bat Poti Fera, which is apparently an Egyptian. I assumed that it's OK since she was converted (as Menashe & Efraim are certainly considered Israeli), but I saw here that the Targum Yonatan explains that Osnat was actually _Dina_m Yaakov's daughter.
Dec
16
comment Can Isaiah 11:2 be used a basis for the belief that the king messiah will be a prophet?
gzera shava is something that's passed by tradition. The rational analogy you refer to is called binyan av.
Dec
12
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel +1 for the bother and the long way you went through with me and all the relevant references you brought (I think I cannot accept the answer though).
Dec
11
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel Thanks. 1+2) Oh, you're right. I misunderstood. But, still, how come Maharasha says Esav calmed down and Rivka has sent Devora to tell him about it, if at the end of the 22 years Yaakov was still afraid? 3) Where is it exactly in Be'er Sadeh? (thank you for many books here I didn't know of).
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel I don't understand the Lubavitcher's answer as well... If it's all about cause and effect, why does Rashi (following Chazal) bother to prove that Yaakov was absent for 22 years and then he bothers again for Yossef? Plus, what is exactly the cause and effect here: how did these exact 22 years of absence eventually caused that Yossef was also absent for the exact same amount of time?
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel The Be'er Sade's answer I totally don't understand... Rashi and Chazal seem to praise Yaakov for taking away the blessings (Unkelus: במרמה = בחוכמתא = smartly). Plus, why not to say the opposite: it's only someone of his (Yaakov's) caliber to steal blessings. Simple people can not do that for solely pure reasons, whereas Yaakov can. So for him it should be considered a mitzva.
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel The Pardes Yossef only relates to Rivka's command. He doesn't relate either to Yitzchak's command, which doesn't seem to be limited whatsoever, nor does he relate to the danger aspect.
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel I don't understand the Siftey Chachamim's answer. Let's assume that Yaakov wanted to marry the more beautiful Rachel (it isn't written anywhere that this was the reason but shoin), did Yitzchak expect Yaakov to marry the one that's ready most quickly? Naturally, it might take time, as it did. Plus, like the Maharasha, are there any psukim that hint that answer? Plus, the Siftey Chachamim as well doesn't relate to the danger aspect.
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel The Ben Yehoyada doesn't relate to the fact that it was dangerous for Yaakov to return (even the Maharash agrees that during the 22 years it was dangerous again - including the last 6).
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel The Maharasha doesn't relate to the fact Yaakov was commanded by Yitzchak to marry a relative from Charan (and that takes some more time, by which it was again dangerous according to the Maharasha). Plus, does the Maharasha base that answer on psukim or any drush or is he compelled by the question?
Dec
10
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@Michoel Wow! Thanks for all of these answers! That's impressive. I'll comment each answer in a separate comment.
Dec
9
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
@MonicaCellio since his mother urged him into it and urged him to flee - that'd still be considered honoring her, wouldn't it?
Dec
9
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
And what about the danger for his life?
Dec
9
comment Why was Yaakov punished for not honoring his parents?
First, thanks for your answer! How do we know they inteneded him to marry Leah? Also, Rashi says that Leah's eyes were soft for her crying of being designated to Esav (I'll bring sources if needed).