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According to Ariz"l's tradition (as described in R' Moshe Luria's book "Beis Gnozay" on the Torah, parshas "Vayetse"), the sequence of Yaacov's marriages (Rachel first and then Leah) was of great importance, dealing with the Seider of the Geulah, the proper order of Moshiachs, etc, that Lavan planned to undermine that and harm the Jewish nation for generations (hence the everlasting fights between the Tribes, for example).

Rachel and Leah are presented throughout all interpreters and Midrashim as Zadkaniot and having Ruach HaKodesh. However, in fact, they helped Lavan with his wicked plan, and, therefore, deeply betrayed Yaacov.

How could they conspire with their wicked father against Jacob (and God) to undermine the proper order of the Geulah?

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  • What is your source for your first sentence?
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Nov 25, 2017 at 23:15
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    I don't get the first paragraph exactly, or how it relates to the question. Couldn't you just ask if they were righteous, why they played along with a lie?
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Nov 25, 2017 at 23:17
  • I heard it from a prominent Hassidisher scholar, who explains some Drash on the magnitude of Lavan's wicked plan.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Nov 26, 2017 at 17:54
  • Sources should be edited into posts.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Nov 26, 2017 at 18:12
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    I don't know what you mean by beloved tzaddik, and I don't see how your previous comment clarifies anything. My question is: if your question is simply why good people would lie, why muddle the question with a seemingly irrelevant, distracting, and confusing first paragraph.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Nov 26, 2017 at 20:01

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I don't know the Ari Zal (please post sources). But when Esav failed and faded, it became necessary to marry Leah to Yaakov, to build Shivtei Yisrael. Lavan had the wrong intentions but it needed to happen, and Yaakov would surely not have cooperated.
According to the Midrash, Leah desperately wanted to marry Yaakov (instead of Esav), crying and praying till her eyes got messed up. She was able to marry Yaakov because of her father's plan, and because Yaakov himself had given her an opening by what he had himself done to fool his own father, according to that same Midrash (see https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/127034).
I think all of this is a consequence of the situation. It seems unreasonable to treat that as "taking sides". Perhaps it was inevitable once Yaakov had fooled his father.
To me it sounds like asking, Wouldn't things have been much better if Avraham Avinu had not said, "במה אדע כי אירשנה"? - We wouldn't have had to go down to Mitzrayim...! Our Avos were incredibly holy people, but not yet perfect. Fixing their almost invisible imperfections is part of the path that we have followed ever since.

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  • Why would Yaakov not cooperate to build Shivtei Yisrael by marrying Leah? I feel like this is half an answer.
    – robev
    Commented Nov 17, 2021 at 17:52
  • Certainly that wasn't his current plan; he made a deal for Rachel. Probably Leah thought so too. Could be I'm answering in a pshat mode (since the question is just as good there) instead of working within the Arizal's picture? I don't know how to write Midrashim!
    – MichoelR
    Commented Nov 17, 2021 at 17:58
  • Your answer does not address the question at all. Please rewrite or delete it.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Nov 19, 2021 at 9:07

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