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What's "halachic" about "Esav hates Ya'akov"?

Several commentators prove that it does not mean "halacha" in the regular sense of a law or a directive. The Talmud in Berachot 31a states: וכן לא יפטר אדם מחברו לא מתוך שיחה ולא מתוך שחוק ...
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Esav "kissed" (vayishakheihu) have dots over this word, is there an explanation? Or is it a scribal error?

Thanks for the interesting question: Avos Derabbi Nosson 34:5 cites two possibilities, one is that this kiss was particularly sincere or non-sincere, and the other is that these are markers that ...
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Why did Esav nickname his wife Yehudis?

The Gemarah (Megillah 13a) states that the term Yehudi refers to one who rejects idolatry: רבי יוחנן אמר לעולם מבנימן קאתי ואמאי קרי ליה יהודי על שום שכפר בע"ז שכל הכופר בע"ז נקרא יהודי כדכתיב (...
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What's "halachic" about "Esav hates Ya'akov"?

I remember hearing [I think in the name of Reb Menachem Zemba ZT"L] that הלכה in this case means, a rule without a given reason, as in הלכה למשה מסיני, not based on anything other than Hashem's will. ...
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What's "halachic" about "Esav hates Ya'akov"?

In a response, R. Moshe Feinstein touch this in a way that explains the intention of the word halacha here: שו"ת אגרות משה חושן משפט חלק ב סימן עז כבר אמרתי על הלשון שהביא רש"י בפי' החומש פ' וישלח ...
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Was Yakov separated from Yosef the same length of time he was separated from Yitzak?

The Midrash you heard referred to is on Megillah 17a and it does correlate the two periods. The two missing years from Yaakov's time to get to 22 are from his travel back and are listed as 18 months ...
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Wrestling HaSatan

Kli Yakar Bereishit 32:25: אחר שהסכימו רוב המפרשים שמלאך זה הוא סמא״ל שרו של עשו הנקרא סמא״ל עשו, כי כל חפצו וישעו לסמא עיני האדם ולהכותו בעורון ולעשותו סומא מעין השכלי, עד אשר לא יוכל הרואה לראות ...
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Meaning of the mitzvah to not eat Gid Hanashe

The Sefer Hachinuch has a known explanation in Mitsva 3: משרשי מצוה זו, כדי שתהיה רמז לישראל, שאף על פי שיסבלו צרות רבות בגלות מיד העמים ומיד בני עשו, יהיו בטוחים שלא יאבדו, אלא לעולם יעמד זרעם ...
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Where in parshas Vayishlach is Jerusalem hinted to?

In Parashat va-Yishlach (Bereshit 35:1) it says: ויאמר אלהים אל-יעקב, קום עלה בית-אל ושב-שם; ועשה-שם מזבח -- לאל הנראה אליך, בברחך מפני עשו אחיך. And God said unto Jacob: 'Arise, go up to Beth-el, ...
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Benyamin born in Padan-Aram?

Ibn Ezra asks this question and answers that the verse is going by the majority of the children. Chizkuni says that Rachel prayed in Padan-Aram to have another son, a prayer which was answered with ...
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Was Kever Rachel temporary?

This idea does indeed come from R. Shlomo Kluger. The explanation is that Rachel being buried separately was a punishment for disgracing her relationship with Yaakov by selling her marital rights to ...
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Who is דישון? Contradiction in 2 verses

According to Da'at Mikra, it's not a contradiction. On verse 36 they write that there were two Dishons and one Dishan. On verse 21 they write that Dishon was a common Horite/Hurrian name. There are ...
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Esav took his wives from among the girls of Cana'an? (Breishit 36:2)

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 ...
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Is "I have sojourned with Lavan" a threat?

The Midrash Rabba 75:5 has such an understanding. כה אמר עבדך יעקב! עם לבן גרתי, לבן דהוא רבהון דרמאי יהיבתיה בחפתי לההוא גברא, על אחת כמה וכמה! Eitz Yosef translates יהיבתיה בחפתי as given in ...
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Did anyone (especially Yaakov) ever find out about the idols?

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 ...
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Why does the Torah list all of Esav's Tribes?

This is my own answer. I think it's well supported with sources, but I haven't seen anyone explicitly link them together in this way. My starting point is the Malbim at the beginning of Divrei ...
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Binyomin didn't bow to Eisav

Thanks to @sabbahillel's hint from aish.com that the source is from the Baalei Tosafos, I was able to find an earlier source. The author there copied from the DBS Torah database for Devarim 33:8 (it ...
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Why didn't Ya'akov try to hide from Esav?

Because Ya'akov was not alone. The people with him included 13 children, 2 wives, 2 concubines, servants of his own, and servants for his wives and concubines. He also had huge amounts of cattle and ...
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Why did Jacob also collect earrings along with the idols?

Targum Yonasan ben Uziel says that the earings they gave to Yaakov had a picture of an idol in them.
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When did yaakov avinu cross the yarden?

Given the location of Padan Aram and Eretz Kenaan, he had to cross the Yarden as part of his journey. He is speaking of the fact that he had to leave without any money or other forms of wealth. "With ...
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Michoel/Gavriel Wrestling Yaakov

Radak (Gen. 32:25) explains that the man whom Ya'akov struggled with was an angel. He explains that God sent the angel in order to embolden Ya'akov in his struggle against Esav. Just as he was ...
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When was this verse written?

While "traditional commentators" may need a bit of a definition, I don't believe any of them do. Some do not comment on this, and those who do say emphatically that it was either referring to a very ...
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Is Asenath, the wife of Joseph, the illegitimate daughter of Dinah?

The source for the midrash is Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer, Chapter 38. The story is that when Dinah was raped by Shechem (Gen 34), she conceived and bore Asenath. Jacob made her an amulet and sent her away....
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Esav Tribal Wives

The Baal Haturim (citing Bereishis Rabah 83:4) explains that Mehetabel descended from powerful, wealthy people and it was only through marrying her that Hadar became King. Therefore it mentions her by ...
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Why does the Torah list all of Esav's Tribes?

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz explains (unattributed) that the digression here to recount Esav's progeny is to highlight the fulfillment of the blessings he received from Yitzchak. All of Esav's many ...
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Why Gid-Haneshe is counted as a Mitzvah if it wasn't commanded?

See Chulin 101b Rabbi JUDAH ARGUED, WAS NOT THE SCIATIC NERVE FORBIDDEN FROM THE TIME OF THE SONS OF JACOB? etc. It was taught: [The Rabbis] said to Rabbi Judah: Does it say [in the Torah], '...
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Jacob and stone pillars

Rashi to Devarim 16:22 explains that although stone pillars used to be acceptable, they were banned once they were adopted as a Canaanite practice: מִזְבַּח אֲבָנִים וּמִזְבַּח אֲדָמָה צִוָּה ...
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Why can't we physically see angels in their material form anymore?

An angel can disguise himself as a human being, and even like someone specific, like Eliyahu disguising himself as Rabbi Chiya (Beraishis Rabbah 26:5), however, it seems that there are still certain ...
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Question about Binyamin being named "Ben Oni" in Vayishlach

While it does not say it outright in connection to his name, it is worth noting the Likkutei Torah , Massei 3 by Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi who writes about the existence of two types of souls: והנה ...
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