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break-out

Last year, we discussed whether Yitzchak really did not know about his two sons’ characters in mistakenly deeming Esav appropriate for the main bracha. This year, we shall discuss a well-known midrash. Hopefully this will be a platform to gain an appreciation for the depth of the words of Chazal…

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Why did Ya'akov want to kick out?

Rashi (25;22) quotes the well-known medrash that whenever the then-pregnant Rivkah went past the yeshiva, Ya'akov kicked to come out, and whenever she went past a place of idolatry, Esav kicked out. The question is like this: Chazal reveal to us that an angel teaches torah to the child in…

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Tochacha


וַיַּשְׁכִּימוּ בַבֹּקֶר, וַיִּשָּׁבְעוּ אִישׁ לְאָחִיו; וַיְשַׁלְּחֵם יִצְחָק, וַיֵּלְכוּ מֵאִתּוֹ בְּשָׁלוֹם (26:21)
After Yitzchak and Rivka were originally expelled by Avimelech, he realised that the success of his people was dependant on Yitzchak’s presence so he sent a party to invite him back. Yitzchak chastises them for their earlier behaviour. They make…

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Toldos

וַיְהִי יִצְחָק, בֶּן-אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה, בְּקַחְתּוֹ אֶת-רִבְקָה בַּת-בְּתוּאֵל הָאֲרַמִּי, מִפַּדַּן אֲרָם--אֲחוֹת לָבָן הָאֲרַמִּי, לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה
(25:20)
The Posuk here describing Rivka’s origins seems to be superfluous seeing as we already know her background from earlier Parshas. Rashi picks up on the apparent redundancy and explains that the Torah wishes to inform…

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DID YAAKOV AND EISOV DIE ON THE SAME DAY??

Rivka told Yaakov to run away from Eisav because "Lama Eshkol Gam Shnaichem Yom Echad", why should I lose two children in one day. Rashi explains that if Eisav kills Yaakov his children will kill Eisav right away. This Rashi says was nevuah that came out of her mouth since…

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Rivka could see right through Esav

We all know the story of how Yitzhak loved Esav and Rivka loved Yaakov. Chazal tell us that Yitzhak was fooled by Esav who made him think that he was very righteous. He would ask him Halachic questions so as to give the impression that he was very observant and…

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