In B'reshis 49:1, Yaakov tells his sons:
Gather, and I'll tell you what will occur to you in the end of the days.
S'forno explains "in the end of the days":
at the end of the days, with the coming of a redeemer…. And Yaakov told this in his saying [verses 10–11] "Shilo will come, and to him a gathering of nations, tying to the vine his donkey foal".
Rashi agrees with part of this explanation of verses 10–11. He writes in explanation of "until Shilo will come":
the messiah-king, whose is kingdom
You'd think, then, that Rashi would explain as S'frono does in verse 1: that Yaakov revealed the "end" in verse 10. But he doesn't. He writes instead:
Yaakov sought to reveal the end, and the divine presence left him, and he began to say other things.
What is the difference of opinion between Rashi and S'forno here? Specifically:
Rashi and the S'forno interpret part of verses 10–11 differently from one another. For example, Rashi doesn't mention that the messiah will ride a donkey (as I quote from S'forno above). Is that the "end" that Rashi says Yaakov was prevented from telling? (That would explain why S'forno doesn't agree Yaakov was prevented: he explains the later verses as Yaakov's telling those details.) If not — if, in fact, there's more that, according to Rashi, Yaakov was prevented from telling — then
- does S'forno maintain he told it? Or does he agree Yaakov was prevented from telling it?
- what was it? (Most likely we don't know the exact content. After all, Yaakov was prevented from telling it. But what sort of information was it?)