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Rashi Teaser – Vayeitzei

Bereishis, 28:10

10And Jacob left Beer sheba, and he went to Haran. י. וַיֵּצֵא יַעֲקֹב מִבְּאֵר שָׁבַע וַיֵּלֶךְ חָרָנָה:

Rashi:

יצא יעקב מבאר שבע: לא היה צריך לכתוב אלא וילך יעקב חרנה, ולמה הזכיר יציאתו, אלא מגיד שיציאת צדיק מן המקום עושה רושם, שבזמן שהצדיק בעיר הוא הודה הוא זיוה הוא הדרה, יצא משם פנה הודה פנה זיוה פנה הדרה וכן (רות א ז) ותצא מן המקום, האמור בנעמי ורות

 

 

Q1: Why does the Torah emphasize the place that Yaakov left behind? The verse could have said simply, ‘and Yaakov went to Charan’.

 

Q2: The Kli Yakar asks: why does the Torah not teach us this insight previously when Avraham or Yitzchak left a place on one of their journeys?

 

A1: Rashi: the verse teaches us that when a righteous person leaves a place, it makes an impression; this person provided the glory to the city, and when he leaves, the glory leaves with him.

A2: Kli Yakar:

 

a) with regards to Avraham and Yitzchak, when they left a place, there were no righteous people left in the place, and so it is obvious that their departures left a void. However, when Yaakov left Be’er Sheva, Yitzchak and Rivka still lived there, and one might have thought as a result that Yaakov’s departure would not have made as great an impression. This verse thus stresses that it did.

b) the reverse: when Avraham and Yitzchak left their places, there were no righteous people remaining who appreciated their righteousness, and consequently their departure made little impression. When Yaakov left, Yitzchak and Rivka appreciated his righteousness and thus noticed his departure.

Good Shabbos,

Daniel Caller

 

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