The third Patriarch's birth name was Jacob. He is given another name, Israel, in Genesis 32. Jacob had two primary wives; Leah and Rachel.

I have heard the idea that the Rachel was the betrothed partner of the Jacob side of Jacob, whereas Leah was the betrothed partner of the Israel part of Jacob.

Essentially, the idea asserts that the two names invoke two different sides of Jacob, and that his two wives each complemented one of those two different sides. Conceptually this makes sense to me, however I do not know of a source for this concept.

Does anyone know of a source for this?

  • Then why is Yaakov buried in the Mearas Hamachpela and not Yisrael? – Gershon Gold Aug 18 '14 at 1:48
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    This would be interesting, since he wasn't yet Israel at the time he married his two (four) wives. – Y     e     z Aug 18 '14 at 3:39
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    @GershonGold last name mentioned before burial is Israel: mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0150.htm – Baby Seal Aug 18 '14 at 14:34
  • @YEZ arguably why he loved Rachel and not Leah. – Baby Seal Aug 18 '14 at 14:35
  • @BabySeal Very nice. Although, you would have expected him to have moved his bed to Leah's tent when Rachel died if that was the case, since at that point he was Israel. – Y     e     z Aug 18 '14 at 15:18

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