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What's The Matter With Canaanite Girls?

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Nov 16, 2022
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When Avraham's days are nigh, he summons his chief slave and administers an oath that he not take a Canaanite girl as a wife for Yitzhak - "from the Canaanites among whom I reside". This motif reappears - perhaps - when Esav marries two Hittite women and again when Yehudah (possibly) marries a Canaanite girl. By looking at all of these sources along with the mention of a Canaanite woman bearing a son to Shimon, we survey the proposed explanations for Avraham's directive and if (and how) it impacted on his progeny. We propose a surprising take, which is anchored in the Rishonim, that the problem with the Canaanites was not inherent in their status nor in their behavior, rather in their location "in whose midst I reside"

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Learning on the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah site is sponsored today by Alan and Fran Broder to mark the yahrzeit of their father, Bernard Creeger, Baruch Mordechai ben Shmuel Moshe, z'l and by Zvi & Miriam Birnbaum in memory of Mr. Peter Lerner, Pinchas ben Avraham Halevi and by Ruth Peyser Kestenbaum and Miriam & Alan Goldberg to mark the tenth yahrtzeit of their father, Irwin Peyser, Harav Yisroel Chaim ben R' Dovid V' Fraidah Raizel Peyser