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Idea on the Portion of the Week

One of the more dramatic stories of the Torah takes place this week in Vayetze with the deceiving of Jacob by his father in law Laban, when he switches the sister Rachel with Leah. The classic question asked here is even if Jacob was distracted with food and drink, what about Rachel? Indeed, our sages explain that Jacob had a strategy with Rachel for her to present him with a special object so he could be sure it was her, even in the pitch black. But incredibly, even as Rachel saw the ruse taking place, she couldn't bear the potential humiliation of her sister so she gave the object to Leah, and was thus left out in the cold. This was one of the greatest acts of self-sacrifice known in the Torah and yet it is only hinted at by reading between the lines. 

So with all the supposed "flaws" we can read about throughout these verses, our matriarchs and patriarchs remain giants of human character, well worthy of our emulation.

Mon, November 30 2020 14 Kislev 5781