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According to Ariz"l and his followers, the sequence of Yaacov's marriages (Rachel first and then Leah) was of a great importance, dealing with the Seider of the Geulah, Moshiachs etc. 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 interpretors and Midrashim as Zadkaniot and having Ruach haKoydesh. However in fact, they helped Lavan with his wicked plan, and, therefore, deeply betrayed Yaacov.

How could they switch sides?

  • What is your source for your first sentence? – mevaqesh Nov 25 '17 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 Nov 25 '17 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 Nov 26 '17 at 17:54
  • Sources should be edited into posts. – mevaqesh Nov 26 '17 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 Nov 26 '17 at 20:01

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