In Parshas Toldos, aside from Yaakov and Eisav, where are the second set of twins mentioned?


Rashi says that Tamar also had twins.

  • This was what I was thinking of: Tamar's twins.
    – Moshe
    Nov 14 '10 at 2:23

Yitzchak tells Yaakov to marry "one of the daughters of Lavan your uncle" (Gen. 28:2). According to Seder Olam Rabbah (ch. 2), Leah and Rachel were twins.

  • There are Meforshim that say they had different mothers. Nov 11 '10 at 1:06
  • Really? I know that some say that Bilhah and Zilpah were Lavan's daughters by a concubine (that's why they were originally maidservants). But where does it say that Leah and Rachel themselves had different mothers?
    – Alex
    Nov 11 '10 at 1:24
  • Will get you the source later Nov 11 '10 at 3:52
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    This is by no means a primary source, but אגרות משה אבן העזר חלק ד סימן ט ענף א mentions in passing the possibility of different mothers. Link: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=921&st=&pgnum=16
    – WAF
    Nov 11 '10 at 18:40
  • Not what I was thinking of. I was thinking of a Rashi...
    – Moshe
    Nov 11 '10 at 21:12

In the first posuk, it says "Avraham holid es Yitzchak" to teach us that Hashem made Yitzchak look exactly like Avraham to stop the scoffers from saying that Yitzchak was really conceived from Avimelech.

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    How does this answer the question? Nov 11 '10 at 0:58
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    It seems he means "twins" in the sense of lookalikes.
    – WAF
    Nov 11 '10 at 4:07
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    @Gershon I like it.
    – yydl
    Nov 11 '10 at 4:37
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    You're on track, but this is not the answer.
    – Moshe
    Nov 11 '10 at 21:12

I do not know if this is correct, however I will try.

The Posuk says "Shnei Goyim B'Vitnaich" Rashi says it says Gayim, not Goyim which alludes to Rabbi & Antoninus. There is a well known story about how Antoninus saved Rabbi's life when they were both infants, by Antoninus's mother and Rabbi's mother switching them around in order that the Romans should not see that rabbi was circumcised. I do not know if they were born the same day or if they were a few days apart, and they were definitely not twins, however their lifetime friendship is well documented, and maybe this is what the question is alluding to.

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