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Ramban there offers a couple of reasons: Leah's eyes were weak (29:17), so the sun would be harmful to her. Precisely because she was older, so there was more of a concern that the shepherds would take inappropriate liberties with her.


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The Midrash (Megillah 17a) says Yaakov spent 2 years tarrying on his way back from Lavan (18 months in Sukkot and 6 months in Beit-El). So there's no way Rachel was already pregnant when she saw her father. Even from the verses, what you describe as "just a few chapters later" doesn't seem to have been so quick. In 33:17-18 we have Yaakov arriving in two ...


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The Seder Olam Rabba (ed. Leiner) states (ch. 2) that they were twins and were both 22 when they got married: נמצאו רחל ולאה נשאו בנות כ"ב כ"ב, שהיו תאומות Thus, Rachel and Leah were both married at age 22, for they were twins. According to Rav Chaim Kanievsky's sefer Lamechsa Atik, which gives names and dates and other unspecified details for the ...


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Yaakov was 99 when Rachel died. He outlived her by 48 years. The Talmud (Megilah 17a) says that Yaakov was away from his father for 36 years. The first 14 were at the Yeshiva of Ever, 20 were spent at Lavan's house, and the last two were spent along the way home (at Sukkos and Beis-El), after which Rachel died. Since Yosef was born six years before Yaakov ...


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Seder Olam Rabbah 2 calculates that they were twins and married Yaakov at 22. I don’t follow the math, myself. It seems to just throw out there that Rachel was 36 when she died; since Yaakov married her after 7 years working for Lavan, and he left Charan after another 7 years after they got married, plus 6 years after all but Binyamin were born, and Rachel ...


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The complete text of the passage in Kiddushin (41a) to which you are referring is: אמר רב יהודה אמר רב אסור לאדם שיקדש את האשה עד שיראנה שמא יראה בה דבר מגונה ותתגנה עליו ורחמנא אמר (ויקרא יט, יח) ואהבת לרעך כמוך It is forbidden for a man to betroth a woman before he sees her, lest he see in her something repulsive and she be repulsive to him, and ...


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From the Chafetz Chaim's pshat on this passuk it seems that Yaakov did indeed know that his words killed Rachel (since he cursed the one who stole the terafim). From then on he was very careful with his words,as we see with the episode with the Shevatim going down to mitzrayim.


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The root in Hebrew of the verb to kiss is נשק. This root has several different meanings which can be found in the Jastrow dictionary, such as: 1) to kiss (with the mouth) 2) to equip, meaning to supply or furnish or provide for 3) to cleanse or make ritually fit This last meaning also has a connotation of immersing in water like in the case of a mikvah ...


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The Artscroll Chasam Sofer offers two answers which addresses the question: 1) Both names Ben-Oni and Binyamin are focused on the concept of strength. Rachel muses that if not for her moral strength (און) whereby she enabled Leah to marry Yaakov that fateful evening, she would not be dying now. Rachel would have been the one married first while Leah, the ...


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We see from the medrash that until Yaakov came and began working for him, he had no sons to take care of his sheep. Nor could he afford to hire a shepherd in order to take care of his sheep. This is unlike Yisro who was being blackballed by the local shepherds so that his daughters were forced to take care of his sheep (which required all seven of them). ...


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The Targum Pseudo Yonathan (29:9) states she was a shepherdess because Hashem had sent a plague among the sheep of Laban and only a few of them remained (at that time Laban dismissed his sheperds and placed what remained) in the care of his daughter Rachel. The Tur to 29:9 brings that Rachel is called shepherdess as opposed to Yitro who had 7 daughters all ...


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Or Hachaim suggests that the verse stresses her experience as a shepherdess to explain how it was that she was able to handle all of the animals by herself without any assistance. See there for additional explanations of the verse.


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