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1)

What did Rachel mean when she said "v'Seiled Al Birkai"?

1.

Rashi, Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It means that she would bring up the children that Bilhah bore. 1


1

Bechor Shor: And they will be attributed to me.

2)

Why did Rachel add the word "Gam" (in the phrase "v'Ibaneh Gam Anochi Mimenah")?

1.

Rashi: When Rachel pointed out that Avraham made efforts to have children from Sarah even though he already had a child from Hagar, Ya'akov replied that Sarah first gave her maidservant to Avraham; to which Rachel responded by giving Bilhah to Ya'akov 1 (so that, like Sarah, she would subsequently have a child).

2.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (2:6, and 6, citing R. Yakov of Vienna): The letter Hei is needed for children. Bilhah has one for herself, and one for me.


1

After setting her free (Targum Yonasan). Refer to 30:6:2:1. Tosfos ha'Shalem (4:3) derives "l'Ishah" - not for a concubine.

3)

What did Rachel mean "v'Ibaneh Gam Anochi Mimenah"?

1.

Seforno: She meant that the jealousy that she would inevitably feel towards Bilhah would enable nature to take its course and that she too, would subsequently give birth.

4)

Sarah said "Ba El Shifchasi Ulai Ibaneh Mimenah." Why did Rachel call Bilhah 'Amasi', and said Ibaneh Mimenah (without saying 'perhaps'), and added v'Seiled Al Birkai?

1.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (3): Amasi is like Umasi. I will be built 1 [or have sons], like Leah. (Sarah could not say so.) I will put the children on my knees - but Sarah was old.


1

Perhaps Rachel was sure that this would help, like it helped for Sarah! (PF)

5)

Rashi said that entering a Tzarah into the house is a merit to have children. Why is this?

1.

Ohr Yechezkel Midos p.231: "V'El Zeh Abit El Oni u'Nechei Ru'ach" - anyone who suffers pain and disgrace for Shamayim's honor will merit successes and Brachos.

6)

רש"י: אמרה לו זקנך אברהם היו לו בנים מהגר, וחגר מתניו כנגד שרה: מה המקור לכך שאברהם התפלל על שרה?

1.

גור אריה: אין הקב"ה מיטיב עם מי שלא מתפלל על הטובה, וכיוון שה' הבטיח בן לאברהם, בודאי אברהם התפלל על כך.

2.

גור אריה: אם ה' הבטיח כך לאברהם, בודאי אברהם היה חפץ בזה מאוד, וא"כ ברור שהוא התפלל.

3.

גור אריה: רצונו של הצדיק הוא תפילה, כי "רצון יראיו יעשה".

7)

רש"י: אמר לה זקנתי הכניסה צרתה לביתה, אמרה לו אם הדבר הזה מעכב, הנה אמתי בלהה, ואבנה גם אנכי ממנה כשרה: למה הכנסת צרתה לביתה מזכה אותה בבנים?

1.

גור אריה: היא רצתה ששפחתה תלד בנים והיא תגדל אותם, ומתוך שהיא מצטערת כל כך לבנים ירחם עליה ה'.

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