The Posuk says:

אוּלַי יְמֻשֵּׁנִי אָבִי

Translated as: maybe my father will tap me (and realize, and curse me)

The question is accoring to the GRA the word אוּלַי indicates that you want the thing to happen so why did Yackov want to get caught?


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Presumably Yaakov is so uncomfortable with these falsehoods that it's a Freudian slip -- he almost wants to get caught.

  • 3
    I wouldn't even call it a slip. He's doing his best to dissuade Rivkah from sending him, after all.
    – Alex
    Nov 25, 2011 at 20:55
  • I heard in a shiur last week that in "Maayan Bais Hasho'eivah" Rav Schwab refers to Yaakov's "mirmoh" as part of his his kibud ov v'aim. Worth looking up; I can't find an online edition. Nov 26, 2011 at 21:15
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    "Presumably" is a strong word.
    – msh210
    Nov 27, 2011 at 3:34

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