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A) Why were they having relations during the daytime? Where do you see that it says anything about daytime? B) Why were they having relations in a way that others could see? The שפתי חכמים answers your question. He says that it's impossible to say that they would have relations where people could see them. Rather, by Yitzchak closing the window ...


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I heard once, do not remember from who, questioning the word נא from הלעיטני נא מן האדם האדם הזה - since when did Eisav say please? The answer I was told was Eisav was not saying please, Eisav was saying give it to me raw - like in Shemos 12:9 אל תאכלו ממנו נא. Thus this red lentil soup was still raw and it retained its color. See here from Rabbi Gershon ...


8

Yes, the Manos Halevi brings what the actual Shtar said: אני המן בן המדתא מזרע אגג, שלח אותי מלך אחשורוש במלחמה על עיר הינדקא, ומנה אותי המלך על ששה רבוא אנשי הצבא, ונתן לי המלך צידה לפרנס אותם, וכן עשה למרדכי בן שמעי בן קיש משבט בנימין, ואני בזבזתי נכסי המלך ויצאו מתחת ידי, ולא היה בידי ממון לפרנס חיילי צבא המלך, הלכתי ללוות מן מרדכי בריבית, ואמר דאסור ...


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Toldos 26:7 shows that it was not Avimelech but the residents of the place who asked him as soon as he arrived. He then, as he later explained to Avimelech, suspected that they would behave in the same way as the Egyptians would have behaved with Sarah. In fact as Rav Hirsch says That Isaac's precaution was not without cause is proved by the fact that, ...


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Actually Rivka did send Devora to call Yaakov, however she died on the way. Rashi Braishis 35:8 in the name of Rabbi Moshe Hadarshan "מה עניין דבורה בבית יעקב? אלא לפי שאמרה רבקה ליעקב (כ"ז, מה) 'ושלחתי ולקחתיך משם' – שלחה דבורה אצלו לפדן ארם לצאת משם, ומתה בדרך". See also Medrash Agada.


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The book Lev Eliyahu by Rabbi Elyah Lopian zt'l comments there that the "looking in the window" there is referring not to a window but to sorcery. i.e. he saw through some kind of sorcery, crystal ball, etc.


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Edom is considered by the Rabbis to be the Roman Empire, and while contemporary Western culture isn't Roman per se, it is directly descended from Roman culture and ideas. Sources: It's stated here - http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0006_0_05562.html - that the late Tanaic and Amoraic Rabbis identified Edom as the founders of ...


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There are basically two lists of wives and each one contains 3 names. Traditional sources differ on exactly how to answer the contradiction, with the opinions ranging from Esau having 3,4,5, or 6 wives all together. See http://jbq.jewishbible.org/assets/Uploads/424/jbq_424_Kleinwivesofesau.pdf for an article which summarizes these views.


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Kitzur Baal Haturim on Genesis 27:9:1: לך נא אל הצאן ר''ת נאה לך. פירוש נאה לך ונאה לבניך כי פסח היה ולקח ב' אחד לפסח וא' לחגיגה: Synopsis - it ws Pesach. One lamb for the Pesach sacrifice and another reresenting the chagigah - holiday sacrifice. Re was Yitzchak a boig eater? - I assume you are asking this because it looks like two goats is a huge ...


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Yitzchak was still alive long after the events in Vyishshlach so Eisav would not have gone to Lavan's house to kill Yaakov. Yitzchak was still alive when Yosef was sent to Mitzraim. Yitzchak died at 180 years, when Yaakov was 120. Ya'akov told Par'o that he was 130 years old when he met him. Thus Yitzchak died 10 years before Yaakov met Par'o. Since Yosef ...


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Rashi in Bereishis 35,2 says that her real name (presumably her father called her) was Oholivomo, but Eisav called her Yehudis to connote that she denied Idol worship and believed in One G-d to fool his father that he was righteous by having married a "righeous" woman. אהליבמה. הִיא יְהוּדִית, וְהוּא כִנָּה שְׁמָהּ יְהוּדִית לוֹמַר שֶׁהִיא כּוֹפֶרֶת בַּעֲ"...


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The Midrash Lekach Tov by R' Tuviah ben Eliezer teaches exactly the idea you have mentioned regarding the additional letter ה: הביאה לי ציד [וגו'] ואברככה – מלא על שם העולם הזה שנברא בה"א. לכך הוסיף לו ה' ואברככה. שיתברך בזה ולא לעתיד.‏ Bring me some game [...] that I may bless you – [It is written with the] plene orthography, because of this world ...


5

The K'li Yakar suggests that later scorners would argue additionally that one of Yitzchak's sons was evil, so the great Avraham could not be Yitzchak's father. (This is why, says the K'li Yakar, the next verse points out that Rivka's brother was the wicked Lavan, and it was from her family that Esav inherited his nature). To preempt this, Yitzchak's ...


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The Vilna Gaon (in his commentary Eliyahu Rabbah to Negaim 2:1, as explained in Bo'az ibid.) says that Europeans are descendants of Yafet.


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The Ramban on that passuk writes that the food was red either from the lentils, or it was red from some other ingredient, but Esav did not know what it was, so he just called it red. So he does entertain the idea of a different ingredient that made it red, but does not identify it. On a different note, here is a chidush. Torah Temimah n Chukas chapter 19 ...


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Apirion L'Shlomo brings the following in the name of the Imrei Emes. Rashi in Parshas Tazriah says that a Chasan that sees Tzora'as we wait until after the seven days of Simcha end before going to the Kohain. The Imrei Emes questions how it is possible for a Chasan to get Tzara'as when he was forgiven on all his sins? The Imrei Emes says that just like Yom ...


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The subterfuge was actually successful. Yitzchak was afraid of the people of the country and the trick worked until they had been there for long enough to get careless and get caught. Toldos 26:7 - 11 7 And the men of the place asked about his wife, and he said, "She is my sister," because he was afraid to say, "[She is] my wife," [because he said,] "...


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My friend explained that the blessings that Yitzchak originally intended for Eisav were brachos for materialism in order to support Yaakov's learning, similar to Yissachar and Zevulun, in a way. However, Rivkah didn't think that this would work out so well, because she saw that whatever materialism that Eisav had at the time, was used entirely to please ...


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It is indeed found in the Buber edition of the Tanchumah. In the haaros on the bottom he points to the Yalkut Shimoni in Shir Hashirim chapter 5. And as Matt pointed out its in the Rabba on Shir Hashirim 5:2 as well.


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Rav Moshe Shapira explained this as part of a broader approach to the difference between the philosophy of Avraham and that of Shem. To summarize, Shem was an ascetic, and believed in spirituality divorced from physicality. His Torah was the Torah of pure spirituality which does not involve the physicality. He is, therefore, the authority on the ...


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The העמק דבר says that the wonder is that they were so different. She thought they would be more similar, but it turned out surprising that they were twins in the same womb, given how different they were. He is putting the emphasis on the whole phrase of "twins in her womb". He also finds significance in that the word for twins is written without the alef, ...


4

To start with, there is the question of whether one accepts the Midrashic interpretation that he had a total of three wives who went by different names. However, whether or not one does, the question still stands. Genesis (36:2) states that his wives were from Canaan, while verse 3 says that בשמת was the daughter of Yishmael, who would not be thought of as a ...


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I just stumbled across the Ba’al HaTurim on Bereishis 25:30: הלעטיני נא מן - ראשי תיבות המן. לומר כשם שיעקב קנה מעשו בכורו בלחם ועדשים כך קנה מרדכי את המן לעבד בפת לחם ”Pour into me, please, from [this red stuff]” - This initials “Haman,” to say that just like Yaakov bought from Esav his birthright with bread and lentils, so did Mordschai buy Haman ...


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There are a few answers to this question. One is that in essence, Eisov was the one who was doing the initial tricking here. He would have been receiving the brochos because (1) Eisav had been misleading Yitzchok about his true nature (Key Tzayid B'Piv) and (2)It's unclear if Yitzchok was aware that Esav had sold the Bechora to Yaakov and would have ...


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So the Daas Zekeinim asks your question and gives a reason albeit a somewhat mystical one - that Avraham gave them strength to overpower demons and the like: נתן אברהם מתנות, “Avraham had already given gifts.” According to the Talmud in tractate Sanhedrin folio 91, these “gifts” were the ability to utter the names of the holy name of the Lord without ...


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According to the first pasuk, the Chizkuni understands this 'servitude' mentioned in the verse as merely pointing to the fact that Yaakov will end up being the older one by virtue of him gaining the birthright and thus being served through the honour due to him as the elder: ורב יעבוד צעיר, “and the older will become subservient to the younger.” This is ...


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