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עלי קללתך בני: What Did Rivkah Mean?

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Nov 3, 2021
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When Yaakov expressed concern over his being caught by his father when trying to gain Esav's blessing, he said והבאתי עלי קללה ולא ברכה - "I may bring upon myself a curse instead of a blessing". RIvkah's response to assuage his concern: עלי קללתך בני is a mysterious phrase, with a wide range of exegetical approaches taken by the Rishonim. After surveying the most well-known interpretations, we suggest a different take, anchored in a comment in Beresheet Rabbah, based on understanding Rivkah's vested interest in the success of the ruse.

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