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I remember reading somewhere that the reason Yitzchak did not go to see Rivkah before engaging/marrying her (even though you are supposed to see the girl before engaging/marrying her per gemara kiddushin 41) was because he was not "supposed" to leave Eretz Yisrael.

1- Is there a source for this? 2- Why was Yitzchak not "supposed" to leave Eretz Yisrael?

  • IIRC it's because he was הוקדש (sanctified) as a קרבן (offering) by the Akeidah, but I don't recall where I heard that. If I find a source for that I'll post an answer. – MTL Nov 18 '14 at 21:00
  • @Shokhet I believe Rashi cites it in this week's parsha when Yitzchok thought to go to Gerar. – Y     e     z Nov 18 '14 at 21:14
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Rashi on Breishit 26:2 (@Yez is correct).

Summarizing Rashi and Sifsei Chachamim's emmendations - Yitzhak was considered as a sacrifice (which, he was from the akieda). Sifsei Chachamim says he was considered Kodesh Kadashim ("most holy") and such sacrifices were not allowd to be taken out of the azarah. The entire land of Israel was considered the azara at that time.

I'm uncertain how Sifsei Chachamim makes the claim in the last sentence.

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