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Were Rivka, Rachel, and Leah monotheists prior to marrying their respective husbands?

My first reaction was The question is somewhat n/a because Rbka is the Shekhinah. Rachel is Prayer. Leah is the Torah. As is known in the (Sefarim) [meaning Zohar etc ]. However it's also a klal the ...
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Were Rivka, Rachel, and Leah monotheists prior to marrying their respective husbands?

Our Sages (Bereishis Rabbah 70:16) tell us that "Leah's eyes were weak" from crying "whilst praying" that she wouldn't have to marry Eisav. In fact, they say that her prayers were ...
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Strange that Rachel held onto Lavan's idols and did not throw them out

In this related answer, I showed that the answer to your question is rather controversial in the commentaries, and no answer is totally clear. One of the thrusts in the commentaries (Rashi, Rav Hirsch ...
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Does the line in Bereishith/Genesis "God saw that the light was good." imply that he didn't know the nature of his creation until it was created?

Bereshit Rabbah 2:5 רַבִּי אַבָּהוּ אָמַר מִתְּחִלַּת בְּרִיָּתוֹ שֶׁל עוֹלָם צָפָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא בְּמַעֲשֵׂיהֶן שֶׁל צַדִּיקִים וּמַעֲשֵׂיהֶן שֶׁל רְשָׁעִים, הֲדָא הוּא דִּכְתִיב (תהלים א,...
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Why were the temples built in Jerusalem and not in Bethel, as suggested in Genesis 28:17?

Bethel was specifically Jacob's place of worship. But Bethel is not the nation's place of worship. Jacob names the location "Bethel" three times: Genesis 28:19, Genesis 35:7, Genesis 35:15. ...
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Why did Hagar go back?

The Ramban explains that Hagar would've never become free from her mistress. RETURN TO YOUR MISTRESS, AND SUBMIT YOURSELF TO HER. [The angel] commanded her to return and accept the dominion of her ...
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Why did Hagar go back?

Because God told her to go back: And the angel of the Lord said to her, “Go back to your mistress, and submit to her harsh treatment." [Gen. 16:9-11]
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Why did Hagar go back?

Although I am searching for the Midrash, I found a note years ago that the Midrash says Hashem was telling Hagar what would happen to Yishmael if she did not return to Sarah. Therefore, Hagar returned ...
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