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1)

What is the significance of the statement "Vayishma Elokim El Le'ah", particularly bearing in mind that the Torah does not say that she prayed?

1.

Seforno: We learn from here that when one makes the necessary Hishtadlus (like Le'ah did) and combines it with Tefilah - which is (perhaps) taken for granted that that is what Le'ah did, 1 Hashem responds favorably. 2


1

See also Sifsei Chachamim.

2

Refer to 30:17:2:1.

2)

What was the gist of Leah's Tefilah?

1.

Rashi: She only asked to have more children in order to build Klal Yisrael. 1


1

Refer to 30:17:1:1.

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