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Rashi doesn't address it, but other commentators do. The Ibn Ezra, Rashbam, Sforno, and Chezkoni all agree on this: Yaakov was "legally blind" to the point that he could not see any details, but was able to see that there was a person there. This is actually similar to personal experience. My mother is nearly like this: she can discern shapes, but no ...


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Yerushalmi Sota 8b Chapter 1 Halacha 10 says that all the 12 Shevatim were taken to Eretz Yisrael by their Shevet. תלמוד ירושלמי סוטה דף ח' ע"ב, פרק א' הלכה י' – ככתוב בראשית מו אנכי ארד עמך מצרים ואני אעלך גם עלה מה ת"ל גם עלה. אמר אותך אני מעלה ושאר כל השבטים אני מעלה מלמד שכל שבט ושבט העלה עצמות ראש שבטו עמו Regarding where in Israel the individual ...


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I heard nice explanation from my rabbi Boruch Myers. As they grew up observant in non-jewish society, so we bless our children that outside influences shouldn't influence them.


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Ephraim was the younger son and yet he exceeded Menashe, his older brother. The Bnei Yisoschar says that there were two possible negative reactions to this - Menashe could have been jealous of Ephraim having surpassed him, and Ephraim could have become haughty and lorded it over Menashe. Their greatness was that Menashe acknowledged the achievements of ...


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One possibility is that the verses in Chapter 29 are not in precise chronological order, and verse 31 actually took place before verse 28. That is to say that God saw that Leah was hated and opened her womb before Yaakov married Rachel. As for why the verse would be placed out of order, we could explain simply that it would have been too disruptive to the ...


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I heard once from Rabbi Dovid Fohrman that this was exactly the question that the sons of Yaakov were challenging him with. Bereishis 37:32 וישלחו את-כתונת הפסים, ויביאו אל-אביהם, ויאמרו, זאת מצאנו: הכר-נא, הכתונת בנך היא--אם-לא And they sent the cloak to him, and it was brought to their father, and they said, "We found this. Recognize, please, is ...


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They told him that Yaakov left a request of him to forgive the brothers and not take revenge on them as recorded in the next passuk. Rashi is saying that Yaakov never suspected Yosef of harboring vengeful thoughts, And never left this command. However the brothers misrepresented the truth in order to guaranty themselves peace. They apparently did suspect ...


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According to Rabbi Munk in his commentary on Vay'chi, it is because Esav was attempting to deny that he had sold his "birthright" completely. That is, he claimed that he had sold the "first born" rights and had sold the (future) settlement of the land of Canaan (to avoid the 400 years of slavery that was still ahead) but not the 50% share of the remaining ...


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Even though the famine ended when Yaakov gave the bracha to Par'o (Ramban) they still needed food during the growing season and they needed seeds to plant for the new season. Up until now, the famine had been so severe that they could not even manage a seed stock. Thus, had Yosef not provided another growing season worth of food, they would have starved. Had ...


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Another two approaches by mainstream Peshat Mefarshim: Shadal here (and Clint Eastwood in the comments above) suggests that for Moshe and Benei Yisrael, Ever Hayarden is Eretz Yisroel, because they had not entered Eretz Yisroel. אשר בעבר הירדן – בא״י, ונקרא בעבר הירדן כלפי המקום שהיו בו משה וישראל. Netziv here disagrees with the premise of Joel K's ...


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First, it always pays to see Rashi's sources, and to see if the question is answered there, even if the shorter version Rashi presents does not provide us with an easy answer. In this case, the source Bereishit Rabba 100:9: וְלֹא עוֹד אֶלָּא עַד שֶׁלֹא יְרַדְתֶּם לְכָאן הָיוּ קוֹרְאִים אוֹתִי עֶבֶד וּמֵאַחַר שֶׁיְּרַדְתֶּם לְכָאן הוֹדַעְתִּי הוֹגְנוֹסִים ...


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Sefer Lidrosh Elokim mentions in the name of the Shevet Musar 40 in the name of Sefer Kanfei Yonah 3:9 that saying גָּ֖ד גְּד֣וּד יְגוּדֶ֑נּוּ וְה֖וּא יָגֻ֥ד עָקֵֽב three times the regular way and three times backwards is a protection for Keri.


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Chidushei Yitzchak ben Pinchas says that there were two locations known as Goren H'atad. One was in the Western part of Eretz Yisrael near where the Philistines were at the edge of the Yam HaGadol. The other was in the Eastern part of Eretz Yisrael near Chevron next to the Yarden, which is the location the Chumash is talking about.


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All the answers that I've come across suggest that Ever HaYarden does not mean Transjordan in the context of this verse. Chizkuni suggests that that the Canaanites who are observing the mourning at the threshing-floor of Atad were those who lived under Sichon and Og on the eastern bank of the Jordan. When the verse refers to Ever HaYarden (the other side of ...


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The Baal HaTurim here says to see what he wrote in parshas Vayeitzei 29 17 ועיני לאה רכות. There he says there are three psukim that start similarly. That one, ועיני ישראל כבדו מזקן & ועיני רשעים תכלנה ,איוב י׳א כ׳. He says Leah's eyes got weak because of her fear of marrying Eisav. He quotes a Medrash Hagadol (8) that Yaakov's eyes got weak because he ...


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Derishos Shabbos - The Apta Rav - page 231 - top left says that Shechem was given as payment for Yosef taking care of Yaakov's burial, which the other brother's were unable to do. ושכם הרי אינו נותנו לו בחנם רק עבור מה שמטריח אותו בקבורתו מה שאין סיפק ביתר הבנים לעשותו


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This is addressed in Brachos 55a. The reason given is that he conducted himself ברבנות. Seemingly an excessive degree of acting in command. דא״ר חמא בר חנינא מפני מה מת יוסף קודם לאחיו מפני שהנהיג עצמו ברבנות This is brought as a proof to Rabbi Yehuda's statement there that all who conduct themselves this way will have their lives shortened.


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See here for a rundown of the basic opinions. 1) Rashi, the Ibn Ezra and the Ramban all speak about it being an angel that Hashem sends as His messenger to do things like provide blessings, redemption, etc. The Ibn Ezra (in Shemos 23) specifically identifies the angel as Michoel. 2) The kabbalistic understanding (brought in the Or Hachaim on the passuk) is ...


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"If so, why does the Torah stress again and again that Avraham bought the cave from Efron HaChiti?" So that there wouldn't be any question as to ownership rights. See here for more.


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The מעם לעז says Yaakov avinu added the sleeves, which is why it says ועשה. Yaakov made the sleeves for the cloak which originally belonged to Adam HaRishon.


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It is apparent from 15:16 which you quote that Emorite is the nation chosen to represent all the nations of Caanan. In fact in the artscroll English chumash it says as much. The Medrash Rabba that Rashi 48:22 is quoting goes further and darshans that which I took from the hands of the Emorite as meaning from Chamor the father of Shechem. The medrash asks ...


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Rashi says - as I've always been taught - that Yaakov intended to inform them the time of the final redemption. רש"י ואגידה לכם. בקש לגלות את הקץ ונסתלקה ממנו שכינה, והתחיל אומר דברים אחרים (ב"ר צח, ב.): (רש"י) ‏ At that point the information was withheld from him and he started talking about other things - i.e. blessing each one, as Rashi ...


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Here are a couple more explanations: The Or HaChayim (ad loc.) writes that Ya'akov gave Ephraim and Menasheh the maximum possible blessing. Therefore, people would give blessings accordingly and reference that they also want to give the greatest possible blessing: פירוש בירך אותם כל כך ברכות עד גדר שאין ברכה למעלה ממנה עד שהכל אומרים בך ראוי לברך ישראל ...


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The Stone edition of the Chumash relates, Although the other brothers were surely as aggrieved as Joseph, only he is mentioned because his presence in Jacob's final moments was a fulfillment of God's promise [46:4] that Joseph shall place his hands on your eyes (Sechel Tov). It may also be that Joseph was nearest to Jacob at the time, listening to the final ...


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The OP quotes a verse that has Yoseph saying: "When G-d comes to you..." Yosef planned on being buried in Egypt. He simply wanted to leave when everyone else did. By that time, his brothers had already passed away and were themselves taken out of Egypt by the B'nei Yisroel.


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As I explain in Vayigash - Why didn't the family go back?, Par'o only allowed Yosef to bury Yaakov in Eretz Yisrael because of the oath Yaakov had made him swear. Even then, he forced the brothers to leave the families behind as hostages. Once Yosef died, the brothers could no longer leave Mitzraim. Thus, they were unable to even take Yosef out for ...


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Although yeshiva.co writes that it is a lack of Kavod Hameis to perform (nowadays), many Rishonim and Acharonim on Chumash say or imply that this was done because of Kavod Hameis back then... To illustrate this point, see the lesson that Ralbag learns from this: התועלת האחד עשר הוא במידות, והוא שראוי לאדם שינהג כבוד בגוף הוריו אחר המוות לפי מה שאפשר. ולזה ...


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R' Samson Raphael Hirsch, in his commentary on this verse, reads the first נא as "after all." He suggests that Yosef had always wanted to use his power as viceroy to do favors for his father, but Yaakov had refused special treatment. Now, Yaakov did finally want one special favor, so he opened with "if, after all, you still want to favor me." Taking this ...


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