It would appear that Yaakov did not intend to marry Leah. If so, why did he simply not divorce her either immediately after the wedding, or at any later point?

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  • Moreover why wasn't it a Mekach Taut and no divorce would be necessary?
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 14:03
  • A friend drafted a really interesting piece on this. I told him it was too far out, and I think I inadvertently discouraged him from posting it on his blog. Gonna reach out, Beli Neder, and try to get him to post it. If his theory is right, however, the question would really be, why didn't Ya'akov divorce Rachel?
    – Seth J
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 17:43
  • @DoubleAA, can you say Mekach Taut by a Ben Noach? I would think that only comes into play once Kiddushin is involved.
    – Yishai
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 17:44
  • @yis Interesting! That gets into what a nonjewish marriage is, and likely kicking her out as mekach taut vs divorce is about the same thing fr them.
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 17:50
  • @Yishai, ahem.
    – Seth J
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 18:01

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Medrash Rabba Vayetze 71 says that he did not divorce Leah since she had children.

כיוון שראה יעקב מעשים שרימתה לאה באחותה, נתן דעתו לגרשה, וכיוון שפקדה ה' בבנים אמר לאמן של אלו אני מגרש

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    כחי וראשית אוני
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 17:51

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